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Hope In Conversation and Action

The 2019 UKASFP Conference will focus on Hope, in Conversation and Action.

 Export to Your Calendar 11/07/2019 to 12/07/2019
When: 9:00 AM
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Bath Spa University
Newton Park
Newton Saint Loe
Bath, Somerset  BA2 9BN
United Kingdom
Contact: Gill Knight
01772 336639

Online registration is available until: 11/07/2019
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Hope in Conversation and Action

Bath Spa University
11th-12th July

We are delighted to announce that registrations for the 2019 UKASFP Conference are now open! The conference is taking place on the beautiful main campus of Bath Spa University, on 11th-12th July.  There are also pre-conference workshops available on 10th July.

Start and End Times

10th July - Pre-Conference Workshops - 10.30am - 4.30pm
11th July - Registration from 9am - Conference start time 10.30am
12th July - Conference ends 4.30pm


We are also delighted to announce that the conference fees are at the startlingly low £95 for UKASFP members/students/unwaged, and £125 for non-members, up to 12th April, and £125/£155 from 13th April. For a two-day conference of the highest quality, with refreshments, lunches and a Thursday night barbecue provided, and the option of a pre-conference workshop with only a nominal extra charge to cover the cost of refreshments.

Pre-conference workshop information

Pre-Conference Workshop 1 - An SF introductory workshop with Guy Shennan and Rob Black. This workshop is FREE for conference attendees with a nominal charge of £6 to cover the cost of refreshments.

Pre-Conference Workshop 2 - A workshop with the Zebra Collective. This workshop is FREE for conference attendees with a nominal charge of £6 to cover the cost of refreshments.

Please note the 2 workshops run simultaneously so only 1 should be selected to attend when making your booking.


Conference flyer

You can download the Conference Flyer here - please do forward this to your contacts and networks, and help to spread the news of the conference far and wide!

You can also help us to spread the word by using our hashtag #UKASFP2019 on Twitter and elsewhere.

We will be having some flyers printed, so if you have training taking place or know of organisations who might distribute them, let us know how many you would like (10 minimum), and your full postal address, and we will send them to you. Email us at

Conference Fringe

2019 is seeing the beginnings of a Conference Fringe. The wonderful singer-songwriter - and UKASFP Committee member - Alun Parry - is playing a gig in Bath on the evening of 10th July, to launch his new album. A great way to start the conference! Book your fringe tickets here but hurry, this is sure to sell out.

Accommodation options

There is plentiful accommodation in Bath. We have also secured 60 rooms at the conference venue itself. These are student rooms on the Newton Park campus, where breakfast is included. Details of how to book these are below. We also have 40 rooms available in student accommodation at Green Park House in Bath city centre, which is room only. The conference venue at Bath Spa University’s main Newton Park campus is four miles out from the city centre, and there will be a complimentary return bus service from Green Park House to venue, for conference participants.  Please see full information and how to book here.

Please see the Conference Terms and Conditions here.

Call for papers - Please submit your proposals via the online form.

We have received some wonderful ideas for this year’s UKASFP conference, following our ‘call for ideas’. We are now asking for people to firm up their ideas into concrete proposals, and we would love to hear from people who have not been in contact already too.

We want to develop a conference ethos that is both collective and interactive. We welcome submissions from groups of two or more, and whether you are submitting as an individual or a group, we want what you offer to have a strong interactive element.

We also want to encourage submissions from people who have something to share - some research, a project, an idea - that doesn’t immediately lead to interactive activity. We will then have an option of bringing such submissions together into coherent groupings, to enable discussion and the cross-fertilisation of ideas.

Space and time will be made available for poster presentations too, where people can interact around your poster and your ideas.

Here is what you can offer - we would like submissions to relate to our theme of “HOPE, in conversation and/or action”, as far as possible.


One hour long and interactive - skills-based or discussion-based


10-20 minutes long, so you can tell the audience about something - research or evaluation, a project, an idea… - we can group talks together and provide a chair to facilitate discussion

Poster presentations:

This format is also designed to share information, here with the visual focus of a poster, which people can discuss with you, rather than a verbal presentation


If you have another idea that does not fit any of the above, please let us know.

If you want to submit more than one proposal, please fill in a different form for each. We will be looking at proposals as they arrive and will let people know as soon as we are able to whether theirs has been accepted. Rather than have a closing date, there will be an element of ‘first come first served’, so do submit as early as you can.

If there is not the space to accommodate a proposal as requested, we will be happy to discuss other possible formats for presenting or facilitating your work.

Please submit your proposals via the online form.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact Guy Shennan and Rob Black at: 

Warm wishes from the #UKASFP2019 team.

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