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Universi-tea: Oxford celebrates mia membership with tea party

Conference Oxford recently threw a summer tea party to mark its joining the Meetings Industry Association (mia).

The party, for over 50 guests, was held in The Master’s Garden of Pembroke College. The mia’s appropriately named Mia Butler was in attendance, along with colleague Jane Owen.

Mike Naworynsky OBE, chairman of Conference Oxford and Richard Rosser, chief executive of the In Oxford Group also attended.

Conference Oxford’s venues have also secured AIM accreditation. AIM is a nationally recognised scheme from the mia which benchmarks a venue’s professionalism and quality against an array of criteria examining areas such as the quality of facilities, accessibility, legal compliance, customer value proposition and experience, ethical code of conduct performance and best practice standards. 

Marie O’Connor, head of Conference Oxford said: “We are delighted that so many of our wonderful academic venues have achieved AIM Accreditation, highlighting the high standard of their facilities and conference teams. 

“Our venues have worked extremely hard to demonstrate to the rest of the events industry that Oxford University is a leading conference and events destination. We are looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the Meetings Industry Association.”

Jane Longhurst, chief executive of the mia, said: “We are thrilled Conference Oxford has joined the mia. We know they will benefit greatly from the support and events that, as a member, they will now have access to. Achieving AIM accreditation will set these venues apart from their competitors ensuring that meeting and event bookers can rest assured the service and facilities are of the highest standard.”

Conference Oxford embraces 65 University of Oxford and college venues.