Conference Social Programme

Networking Dinner Entertainment

Matt Forde

Thursday 26th April - 8.00pm

Devonshire Suite, Mercure Rougemount Hotel, Exeter

Matt is one of the country’s most in-demand satirists, having appeared on Have I Got News For You (BBC One), Rory Bremner’s Coalition Report (BBC Two), Mock the Week (BBC2 Two), 8 out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Question Time (BBC One), This Week (BBC One), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three) and The Royal Variety Performance.

He co-hosts talkSPORT’s Saturday football show The Warm-Up, with Jon Richardson.

Matt is also the host of a sell-out monthly political show, The Political Party, at the St James’ Theatre London at which he performs up-to-the-minute political stand-up, followed by a wide-ranging interview with a leading politician; previous guests have included Tony Blair, Nigel Farage, Dame Tessa Jowell and Michael Portillo.

2015 saw Matt take his sell-out, critically-acclaimed 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show 24-Hour Political Party People for a week-long run at the Soho Theatre as well as tour it nationwide. He returned to the Edinburgh Festival with his new show, Get the Political Party Started, which enjoyed a sell-out run in the prestigious Cabaret Bar, before going on to run for a week at Soho Theatre.

As a writer Matt has worked regularly on 8 out of 10 Cats (C4), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3), The Last Leg (C4) and Stand Up for the Week (C4).

Welcome to Exeter

Devon’s capital city Exeter is vibrant with a café culture feel.

The beautiful Exeter Cathedral, dates back from Norman times and inside you will find the astronomical clock that has been in the cathedral since 1484.

The new Princesshay Shopping Centre is just a stone’s throw away and nearby is the historic quayside which has links back to Roman times.

One of the most interesting buildings in Exeter is ‘The House that Moved’ which was built in the 1500’s and moved in 1961 when the house was in the way of a planned road in the city.

A recent addition to the city has been the Street Food Market in the Guildhall Shopping Centre and celebrity chef restaurant Michael Caines who was originally from the city. Michael plays a large part in the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink which is held every year.

Wednesday 25th April

09.30 – 12.00 free time to explore the delights of the city and beyond.

Meet up with colleagues at the hotel,network and get exploring …here are some ideas to tempt you:

  • Exeter Cathedral - just 5 minutes from the venue hotel
  • Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery
  • Jubilee Water Walk at the University of Exeter
    • A 10 minute walk to get there or you can catch the Bus D from outside the venue hotel which will drop you off at the campus.
    • There are 2 walks available: Walk A 35 minutes’ Walk B 45 minutes
  • The historic Quayside – 10 minutes from the venue hotel
  • Visit Exmouth’s beautiful beach just 15 minutes away
    • Catch a train from outside the hotel (Central Station)
  • Explore Exeter’s Underground Passages
    • 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel
    • An entrance fee applies
  • Red Coats official guided Walking City Tours
    • Meet outside the Cathedral
    • They start from 10.30am and there is no charge

Thursday 26th April

15.15 – 17.00

Pre book one of these tours featured on the conference programme:

  • Guided tour: the new ‘Living Systems Institute’ University of Exeter
  • Canal Trip from the historic Quayside to Double Locks
    • Private trip starts at 15.30pm with a 40-minute round journey
    • Maximum capacity 50

Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Our Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery is a truly modern museum that was awarded the national title of "Museum of the Year" (Art Fund Prize 2012).

Displays take visitors on a voyage of discovery from pre-history to the present day and from Exeter all around the world. They are more than collections, they stimulate thoughts and ideas, seek opinions and contributions, start conversations and encourage debate, making the Royal Albert Memorial Museum home to a million thoughts.

Please visit the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery website to find out more.

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Red Coat City Guided Tours

The City's FREE award winning Red Coat Guided Tours are provided by Exeter City Council and are the perfect way to explore Exeter, one of the oldest cities of England. Run by experienced qualified volunteer guides a variety of tours are available, each one focusing on a different aspect of Exeter's history and culture.

Discover the city's sites of interest and hidden treasures. All tours are on foot so please wear suitable footwear. No dogs (except guide dogs) are allowed on tours. Children must be accompanied.

Tours commence from the main West Front of the Cathedral

Full details of the tour schedule are also posted on notice boards located outside the Cathedral, Custom House Visitor Centre on the Quayside, as well as outside Exeter Visitor Information & Tickets office, located next to the Princesshay car park entrance.


Jubilee Water Walk - University of Exeter

The Diamond Waterways project celebrates the University of Exeter's Diamond Jubilee.

The Sustainability Team, assisted by a group of volunteers and the Grounds Team worked to improve some of the waterways and ponds around campus which have inspired this walk.

Choose from two walks (Walk A; 25-35 minutes or Walk B; 35-45 minutes), taking in some of the beautiful water features of the campus.

You can download the walks at Jubilee Water Walk (Walk A and Walk B).

There is also an accessible walk and you can download this at Jubilee Water Walk (Accessible Walk).

Bookable Tour

Private Trip On The Canal

Sail the oldest working shipping canal in Europe.

The trip will sail through miles of manmade waterway from Exeter’s historic Quayside up to Double Locks.

The trip will last 40 minutes and Richie and his crew look forward to welcoming us on board.

“I would recommend this little adventure to anyone. The staff on board were amazing 5* service”.

There is maximum capacity for 50 delegates on this tour.

Bookable Tour

The Living Systems Institute (LSI)

The new Living Systems Institute (LSI) at the University of Exeter is pioneering a novel approach to understanding living systems and the diseases that afflict them.

This informs prediction, diagnosis and treatment strategies for some of the most severe diseases facing humanity, spanning a broad spectrum, from chronic neurodegenerative diseases to the animal and plant diseases that threaten food security.

The LSI is building on significant established research strengths in human, animal and plant diseases, and incorporates innovative diagnostic imaging technologies and powerful mathematical modelling capabilities.

The inter-disciplinary vision for the LSI requires the physical colocation of scientists with very broad skills, and the provision of high-specification technologies.

The University of Exeter has invested £52 m in the innovative LSI building. This is the University's largest single investment in science, and part of an overall investment of £340m since 2008.

The LSI building was completed in autumn 2016 and is now home to an interdisciplinary team of scientists and on track for full occupancy in 2018.

Complimentary Cider Tasting
Sam's Cider

7pm - Thursday 26th April 2018

It all started in 1916, where Sam Inch started to make cider at Western Barn in Winkleigh. Times were hard and apples were paid in lieu of a salary. At first this arrangement worked to Sam’s advantage but the following year a glut of apples sent prices tumbling. Faced with imminent ruin, Sam was forced to take immediate action.

He recognised the potential in his only asset so he borrowed the necessary equipment and made some cider- two hogshead which eventually found their way into the cellars of the White Hart Inn.

His reputation as a cider maker grew. In 1952 Inch’s Cider was first poured into bottles; and the distinctive Inch’s trademark, a tailcoated gentleman downing a glass of cider with a barrel of brew in the background soon became well known.

You can find out more about the history of Sams Cider by visiting

Spring Conference 2018

25th – 27th April 2018

Mercure Rougemont Hotel Exeter



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