Annual Conference is attended by up to 1600 delegates, most directly elected to represent their districts, sector or equality groups. Conference is the main decision making body of the union where changes to policy and the rules are agreed. As well as debate, there is an exhibition, fringe meetings and CPD sessions.

The Conference venue will open on Sunday 10 April and debates will begin on the morning of Monday 11 April. Conference will close at lunchtime on Thursday 14 April.

Conference information

Priority motions

Priority Motions booklet with instructions for districts to select and report their priority motions. The closing date for districts to submit their votes is 14 February.

Delegates and observers numbers and submission

You can read the details on how to submit district delegates and observer lists for Annual Conference here.

Delegate numbers by District

This table shows the maximum number of delegates that can be elected by each district.

Conference Committee

Districts are invited to nominate members for the Conference Committee for 2023-2024. The nomination form with guidance is here.

The closing date for nominations is 14 February

Fringe meetings

If you would like to hold a fringe meeting during Annual Conference you are free to arrange and publicise this yourself. However, fringes contrary to the union’s values or policies cannot be publicised in the conference venue.

As there are limited slots for fringes to be held in the Conference venue, preference is given to organisations the union is affiliated with. Please click here to apply for a slot

Exhibition space at Conference

The Conference exhibition will be held in the Solent Hall which is where most of the delegate catering will be served too.

The exhibition will run from 1pm on Sunday 10 April until 5pm on Wednesday. Breakdown will commence from 8am on Thursday.

If you’d like to reserve a space, please complete the survey. If you have any questions, please email the team.

Pre-Conference Church Service 

The NEU pre-conference service is open to all, whether or not they are members of the NEU. St Peter’s Church in Bournemouth town centre is the venue for this year’s NEU pre-conference church service, on Palm Sunday 10 April. The service will start at 6.30pm and will last one hour.

    Booking a crèche space

    • The crèche is free of charge for Conference delegates
    • Places are limited, and allocated in the order applications are received
    • Places must be booked in advance of Conference

    The crèche provider

    • The crèche provider is Nipperbout
    • They are rated outstanding by Ofsted
    • They have provided the crèche for ATL, NUT and NEU Annual Conferences for many years
    • Feedback from delegates has always been overwhelmingly positive

    Securing a crèche place for your child(ren)

    • Firstly, you must apply for a place
    • You must apply by Monday 28 February 2022
    • Applications cannot be made during Conference
    • Your application will be acknowledged, and your details sent to Nipperbout
    • You will be sent a form by Nipperbout which must be completed by 28 March 2022
    • If the form isn’t complete, your child(ren) will not be allowed to use the crèche

    Opening hours and care provision during events outside debating time

    • The crèche will be open:

    Sunday 10 April

    1300 – 1800

    Monday 11 April

    0830 – 1800

    Tuesday 12 April

    0830 – 1800

    Wednesday 13 April

    0830 – 1800

    Thursday 14 April

    0830 – 1300

    • The crèche will not be open when Conference breaks for lunch. Only in exceptional circumstances, and with prior arrangement, will children be cared for during lunch if parents are attending fringe or CPD events. This must be arranged with Nipperbout on the day. It cannot be booked in advance.
    • The crèche will not be open to cover evening events.

    Key dates

    Deadline for Conference Committee nominations 14 February 2022
    Deadline for submission of district delegates & observers 14 February 2022
    Deadline for priority voting 14 February 2022
    Deadline for amendments 14 March 2022
    Accounts, Executive Report, Conference Report, and motions available for delegates 14 March 2022
    Deadline for amendments to Executive Report 14 March 2022
    Deadline for changes to delegate and observer lists 28 March 2022
    Printed agenda posted to delegates 28 March 2022
    Deadline for questions to the Treasurer 4 April 2022

    Delegate travel and accommodation

    • Districts are responsible for district delegates’ accommodation and travel costs
    • Districts are also responsible for delegates’ subsistence
    • A website to help districts find accommodation has been set up by Bournemouth events
    • The website only allows a maximum single booking of five rooms. If you need more rooms please contact the booking agency by email or phone (01202 816147)

    Centrally funded members’ travel and accommodation

    • Centrally funded members of Conference are :
      • National Officers
      • Members of the Executive
      • Members of the Conference Committee
      • Past Presidents
      • Honorary members
      • Trustees
      • Delegates elected to be members of Conference by sector or equality conferences

    These members’ travel, accommodation and subsistence is paid centrally. An expenses form will be provided.

    These members will be asked if they would prefer to stay with their districts and claim for their hotel costs or for a room to be booked for them in the main Conference hotel, the Hilton.