SPA National Conference & Awards 2024
12 Apr 03:00 PM
Until 14 Apr, 05:00 PM 2d 2h

SPA National Conference & Awards 2024

Bristol SU Richmond Building, 105 Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1LN

The SPA National Awards and Conference is back for another year!

Fresh off of our most successful year yet at Glasgow in 2023, #SPANC24 is coming to Bristol from 12th - 14th April 2024 with a top lineup of speakers, workshops, networking meet ups and the UK’s largest student publication awards.

Last year we celebrated our 10th anniversary by bringing a record-breaking number of talented student journalists from up and down the country together in one place for a weekend of Scottish fun.

This time around we’re taking SPANC to the South West for the first time ever and taking over the city of balloons, bridges and Banksy.

Ticket types

  • All-in accommodated ticket - £170
  • Conference and awards only ticket - £75
  • Conference-only ticket - £50

Second release tickets are on sale now! Your all-in, one-stop admission will give you more than ever before - so you won’t have to worry about anything except making the most of your weekend.

Your ticket includes:

  • A welcome social on Friday (with dinner!) giving you the chance to meet students from across the UK and Ireland;
  • Access to the full conference programme with panel discussions and keynote speaker events from top journalists;
  • Access to one-to-one drop in sessions with senior industry professionals, as well as workshops to get bespoke feedback on your work (including copy clinic, CV workshop, design clinic, pitching workshop and your very own free byline photo and much more…)
  • A goody bag full of freebies, last year’s included sweet treats, magazines, our glossy brochure and more;
  • A reserved seat at the SPA Awards, including a three-course sit-down dinner and drinks, as we celebrate the best of student journalism;
  • Meals during the conference itself on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Accommodated tickets also include an unlimited buffet cooked breakfast and a bed in a twin room at a hotel in central Bristol.
  • An opportunity to vote at our AGM to shape SPA policy for the next year (this year we added three new awards categories based on last year’s motions);
  • Your chance to run for election to be part of the SPA’s executive committee next year and put on an even better event.

Please be mindful before you book as we can only grant refunds in exceptional circumstances and only up to a certain date.

For more information, including all terms and conditions and FAQs, read more here. Questions? Email