More than 100 Careers Services leaders from across the globe met in Newcastle for the Global Careers Services Summit in March 2018.
The event focused on facilitating learning, best practice sharing and collegial dialogue amongst career services providers, in addition to offering opportunities for networking and building international partnerships.
The 2018 Summit was jointly hosted by Careers Service Directors from Newcastle University, University of Cape Town, Binghamton University (New York State, USA) and University of California, Irvine.
This annual event is set to take place in Toronto, Canada, in 2019.
Questions answered by event organisers: Marc Lintern, Jackie Bell and Julia Lakey
Why did you choose to bring your conference to NewcastleGateshead?
We chose to bring the Global Careers Services Summit here to build Newcastle University’s profile with international delegates.
What do you feel you (the organiser) benefited from bringing the event to NewcastleGateshead?
We benefited from the good profile and reputation-building for the University and it also helped us to build connections with other universities and companies (sponsors of the event, employers etc).
How do you feel your delegates benefited from the event being hosted in NewcastleGateshead?
Delegates really liked the city and enjoyed the variation in venues. As the city is quite small, venues were of short proximity to each other which made travelling between them easy.
Having the event in Newcastle was cost effective compared to hosting in other UK cities as hotel prices etc. are far less than many other destinations.
People also enjoyed meeting the friendly locals!
How did NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau support in the organisation of your event?
Caroline Reed, from NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, researched and advised us on venue and she also liaised with the venues to help set up the initial visits. She gave a lot of information for us to include in our event website, such as on travel and things to do in the North East.
An airport ‘meet and greet’ was arranged and support provided on the day by the Convention Bureau, and this was greatly appreciated by travelling delegates.
Caroline negotiated a lot of costs for us and was really active in trying to get us a good deal.
Caroline met with us on a number of occasions to have discussions about the event and to find out about what we wanted. She also made suggestions, contacted venues on our behalf and gave impartial advice on all venues which really helped us decide where to host our sessions.
Caroline was very friendly and easy to work with, she was always readily available and went above and beyond to ensure our event was successful.
We would definitely recommend NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau to others wanting to host events in NewcastleGateshead. We would also very much enjoy working with the Convention Bureau again in the future.