Every Autumn & Spring
What is it?
The Uni Conference began in the 1990s when Christian students from around the UK met together to spend a weekend in God’s Word and to encourage one another in their student witness on their various university campuses. Fast forward to the present, and this conference now takes place twice a year, every Autumn and Spring, and has become a special time for groups of representatives from most of the major UK cities and universities, from all over Europe, and even from further afield to be gathered together, to dive into the Word of God with fellow students, and to have their hearts enlarged for what the Lord is doing beyond the city and country where they live and study.
The conference typically takes place in Christian conference centres in the UK such as Cefn Lea, Ledbury, Bower House, and Quinta Hall, where accommodation and meals are included as part of the conference package. The Spring 2017 conference was a landmark event with the conference taking place at De Hoof in the Netherlands, the first time it was based outside the UK. This opened the doors for many more students from the mainland European countries to attend, and the prayer is that will continue so that each year there could be one conference in the UK and the another on the continent, allowing many more the opportunity to join these special times.
The conference is primarily for university students (both undergrads and postgrads) and those who are university-aged (i.e. recent graduates are welcome to come back!), and is also open to those aged 16 and over who are in A Levels or equivalent (parent consent is required). The majority of those who attend the conference are Christians. Those seeking to know more about God and His Word, the Bible, are also invited to attend.
Just in the past year, registrants have come to the conference from:
- Within the UK and Ireland: Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Coventry, Dublin, Durham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Gloucester, Lancaster, Leicester, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton, and Southend-on-Sea
- Mainland Europe: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland
- Even further afield: Australia, China, Colombia, Egypt, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Malawi, Malaysia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Uganda, and the United States.
What happens there?
As you can tell, this is a special opportunity to be with students from many different backgrounds and even different languages, and to see and experience the Body of Christ. It also means that if you have friends in other cities or even countries, you can invite them to register and to meet you at the conference!
What's so great about it?
There’s something to be said about taking a break from everything and going away to a “high mountain” (and when we go to Wales, we literally are in the mountains!) to be with the Lord. During these times, many testify that they receive a fresh vision of the Lord and what is on His heart, have a deep enjoyment of the Lord in His Word and in the Spirit, and experience being built up together with those they go to the conference with (travelling together and staying together) and also those they meet at the conference. Most importantly, during the conference there are many opportunities to take walks with the Lord and for personal prayer and reflection, and it is these intimate times with the Lord that can be real landmarks in our Christian experience and walk with God.
should I join the next one?
Please pray and consider before the Lord whether you would like to join us for the next University Conference. The dates and information will be posted on this website, and an email sent out once registration opens.
Note: If the only thing holding you back from joining the conference is finances, please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) as there is a bursary (scholarship) available. You can also contact us if you have any other questions about the conference, or if you would like to check if there are others registered from your city (so you can travel together).
You don’t have to! Listen to the audio from previous University Conferences here.