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 Academic associate membership:  future proofing our industry

Conference pic

Our industry consists of amazing, skilled, hard working, collaborative event professionals.

The photo above was taken during our annual conference in 2021 as we emerged from the pandemic lockdown. 

An exercise showcased that there was over 1,600 years of event experience in the room.

The challenges surrounding talent and recruitment within the events industry has been magnified by the pandemic; many people previously working in the events industry had no choice but to find alternative employment resulting in the loss of highly skilled and experienced talent.

As the industry recovered post pandemic there was a visible shortage of quality talent. It remains vital that we continue to protect our industry (pandemic or not) by nurturing and providing opportunity for future event professionals.

AEV and our members provided a wealth of support to university event management students during isolation and momentum has built with a number of universities using AEV as a portal to reach those professionals within our industry.

As an education establishment with event management courses, we invite you to use us as the conduit between our members and your students through our academic associate status.

We can help your students through..



Our members are committed to the ethos of AEV, of bringing the venue community together and for providing time to help your students gain insights into the real life experience of working within the venue events industry. 

Following registration, your AEV Academic Associate logo will broadcast your relationship with us, our members and vice versa.




Our Event Managers working group consists of 90 event management professionals from across 30 venues. We are can call upon our 1,000+ venue member contacts covering all roles and expertise and members from our sister associations AEO and ESSA. 

Our ability to help you gain an audience with our members and network will give your students a broad learning experience.




You will be able host event managers working group meetings, obtain industry professional guest speakers/ lecturers through our connections, secure work experience, site visits for students and support any specific experiential events you may run for your students.

Allow us to open the doors to the event venue community for your students through our diverse community of UK and international venue members.




As an AEV academic associate your faculty will gain access to our global venue (circa 50) member portfolio and help you utilise these connections to initiate and evolve mentor programmes and placements for your Event Management students.

Your students will be able to apply their theory knowledge and experience the nature of working in an event venue.

How to gain Academic Associate status

As easy as 1, 2, 3...

1. Download the brochure to explore with colleagues and students

2. Complete an Academic Associate application form and honour the small annual fee to start your journey

3. We will feature your logo, your faculty and detail key contacts on our website and within member newsletters to highlight your placement opportunities to our members. 


If you need to talk about any aspect of how to gain Academic Associate status please email us to explore.

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We will bring our members and your students together...  through collaboration


“Brilliant -what an opportunity for our students”

Senior Lecturer MMU

Manchester Metropolitan University - Event Managers forum

“It is always invaluable to take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about the industry I am progressing in!” 

MMU Event Management Student

“Another amazing experience gaining insight from industry professionals! It was great to hear their opinions on current issues within venues and how expectations of clients and delegates has changed over the past 10 years.”

MMU Event Management Student

“It was a great success and amazing that so many of the EM working group could attend .  We wanted to say thank you as we also got an incredible amount from the experience.” 

AEV member

....through thought leadership

University of Greenwich - exploring event venues of tomorrow

The venues and students enjoyed a day of exploring

“Event venues of tomorrow: sustainability, inclusivity, resilience”

As the live events industry comes back to life after two years of pandemic lockdown, it is now time for event venue managers to refocus on the future.  The session brought together professional event managers from the Association of Event Venues and students and alumni of the University of Greenwich to exchange ideas on the three themes of sustainability, inclusivity, and resilience. What lies ahead for the live event venues of tomorrow?

As an academic associate you will be able to facilitate such sessions with AEV members.


...enabling hands on practical opportunities 


...through providing work experience 

"Having never experienced this type of conference I didn’t really know what to expect. I volunteered simply to help and gain a little inside knowledge – The AEV team got me to work straight away – I enjoyed meeting the delegates as they arrived. It allowed me to greet many of the arrivals and provide a great starting point for conversation at their ‘birthday party’ later that evening.
I was fortunate enough to sit-in on many of the sessions, attend the party in the evening obtained great advise from a venue MD and attended the Event Managers working group meeting the day .
I volunteered simply to help a hand but I came out having had such an amazing experience, gaining recognition within the events venue industry and more importantly – the satisfaction of knowing that there is a visible career path available at venues."

MMU Event Management student 

Students are also welcome to attend our conference as a delegate at a student rate - contact us for more information.

Earning while learning

The benefits of placement and our involvement - case study

Many of our members provide opportunity for Event Management students through placements and as such they are free to join our Event Managers working group.

AEV member Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre does just that and using our relationship with the industry media we were able to feature Event Management student Shelly Sharma's experience in a past edition of Hospitality and Events North.

Shelly Sharma

Testimonials from current Academic Associates



"Obtaining AEV Academic Associate status will help further the professionalisation of the live events and venues industry and support students in entering, contributing to, and advancing in the industry."

Dr Peter Vlachos 

Principal Lecturer and International Link Tutor

Department of Marketing, Events, and Tourism

School of Management and Marketing

University of Greenwich



"Manchester Metropolitan University are thrilled to become Academic Associates of the AEV. Both the organisation and its members have gone above and beyond for our institution over the years, supporting our events management students and getting involved with the various initiatives that we run such as our annual Connect Conference and Events Management mentoring scheme. With this official link now, we are looking forward to developing many new avenues with the AEV members which will continue to shorten the bridge between events academia and industry."

Lucy Pittaway

Senior Lecturer in Events Management & Level 4 Year Manager

Manchester Metropolitan University


Leeds Beckett


“The Association of Event Venues offers the UK Centre for Events Management unique access to world leading venues with insights from event professionals across the industry. Together, this partnership furthers the professionalisation of venue management through placement opportunities and research collaboration that is committed to the future of the industry”  

Dr James Musgrave

Head of UK Centre for Events Management

Leeds Beckett University 




Member Venues