Universities in Europe: integrity in a time of change

What does integrity mean to a university? Our sector is strong, dynamic, and used to evolving in order to do things better. Universities have been doing this for centuries. Indeed, staying true to themselves, while adapting to changing circumstances, is the very foundation of their success. Solidly rooted in our sector's common values and ethical principles, this integrity has long enabled universities to seek original and non-conventional solutions to problems old and new. As societies, and universities, now respond to transformations driven by multiple forces, be they (geo)political, environmental, social, or economic, this integrity is more valuable than ever.

The 2024 EUA Annual Conference will be hosted by Swansea University, UK, from 10-12 April. Entitled ‘Universities in Europe: integrity in a time of change’, it will investigate and showcase universities’ capacity to deal with change and to shape societal transformation while staying true to their core character, values, and missions. This theme will be addressed from a variety of perspectives, by looking at teaching integrity, integrity in international collaboration, research ethics and integrity, and integrity in university leadership. Conference sessions will encourage an in-depth reflection on how universities can balance integrity and change to their own benefit and that of society. 


2. Paul Boyle photoIt is an honour to be hosting the 2024 EUA Annual Conference here at Swansea University, and we look forward to working with EUA colleagues to stage another successful and engaging event within our city.

Swansea University was founded by industry and for industry in 1920. Our institution was forged within the Welsh industrial heartlands of the time, and our strong commitment to meaningful collaboration – whether with the private, public or academic sectors – has become an enduring legacy of our unique history. 

Since becoming Vice-Chancellor in 2019, I have been proud to lead our university into its second century, building upon its tradition for both world-class research and teaching excellence. While our institutional grant capture, rankings and league table positions all attest to this excellence, we are also committed to providing something more – whether to our students, our staff or our local community.

Our motto is ‘Gweddw crefft heb ei dawn’ (‘Technical skill is bereft without culture’), which reflects our critical role as an advocate for the distinctive culture, heritage and language of Wales. It also encapsulates our desire to instil our diverse and international student community with a broader spirit of intellectual inquiry, and to become the change-makers and global citizens of tomorrow.

I actually started my academic career as a junior lecturer at Swansea University in 1991, and the outstanding natural beauty of our region and its characteristically warm Welsh welcome were key factors in my decision to return. I very much look forward to being able to welcome you to our city and to sharing the unique beauty of Swansea, Wales and its people with you all.

Paul Boyle, Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University

Swansea_university.pngSwansea University is a research-led university that has been proud to make a difference since 1920. The University’s community thrives on exploration and discovery and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life.

Our stunning waterfront campuses make us a desirable location for students and staff from across the world, and our diverse international community enriches us with a global perspective, enabling those who join us to develop skills and knowledge that set them on successful and enriching careers.

Swansea University has an international reach with staff, students, partnerships, and research links stretching across the globe. Our campuses are vibrant and diverse with staff and students from over 130 different countries.

We are, and will continue to be, a principled, purposeful, and resilient university that balances excellent teaching with world-leading research and innovation in an open environment. While we are valued globally as a trusted partner, we are deeply committed to our region and are proud to be a university for Wales.


Swansea.pngBoasting a wealth of culture, traditions and heritage, Wales is known as a land of song and a country steeped in myth and legend. With rolling hills, dramatic mountains, hundreds of castles, cascading waterfalls, rare flora and fauna and a coastal path that runs along the entire coastline of the country, in Wales beauty is everywhere.

Swansea is a coastal city located in South Wales, in the UK. It is a unique, historic, and changing city founded on a strong industrial heritage, which has evolved into a contemporary and vibrant waterside destination, offering diverse culture, delicious Welsh cuisine and entertainment opportunities, set in some of the most captivating coastline and countryside in the UK.

Located approximately 300 kilometres from London by road, Swansea is the second largest city in Wales and the twenty-fifth largest city in the United Kingdom. Swansea has over 51 kilometres (32 miles) of stunning coast, with over 50 named beaches, and is home to the largest indoor market in Wales, with over 100 independent stalls, along with Swansea Museum, Wales’ oldest public museum.

Just a short drive from Swansea is the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Gower. The Gower Peninsula is a rich and varied environment and is as ecologically diverse as it is beautiful – from open, wild moors and dramatic limestone cliffs to golden, sandy beaches including Rhossili Bay, which has featured in the TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards top ten beaches in Britain for the last eight years.

Swansea is a vibrant and welcoming city that has something to offer everyone. Whether you’re looking to visit one of the many beaches, explore the local culture, or try the local cuisine, Swansea is the perfect destination.

©Swansea University


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EUA aims to ensure participation of all members who wish to attend our events. However, each event has a limited capacity, and to guarantee a fair balance amongst countries and institutions, EUA may have to restrict attendance. As a result, EUA reserves the right to refuse registrations if there are too many participants from any one country or from one institution. Priority will be given to those who register early. We will not be able to accept additional registrations once the event is full, even if this occurs before the registration deadline. 




Fees are received by the host university in order to cover the cost of the organisation. Therefore, the fees must be paid in GBP, please find below the corresponding fees in EUROS. For any question related to payment or invoice, please contact Swansea University at: events@swansea.ac.uk 

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** This fee is only valid for students enrolled at an EUA member university. To benefit from this fee, please download and send to the EUA Events Team (annual-conference@eua.eu which has to be signed and stamped by your institution’s secretariat.

Please note that by submitting the event registration form you agree to full payment of registration fees.

The participant fee (EUA members, non-members and students) includes attendance at the conference, all documentation, coffee breaks, lunches and the networking reception/gala dinner on Thursday 11 April. Participant fees do not cover travel and accommodation expenses.



EUA members are encouraged to attend the EUA General Assembly (GA). EUA members who register for the Annual Conference will be able to indicate during the registration process whether they wish to attend the General Assembly.

EUA members who do not wish to attend the EUA Annual Conference are entitled to attend the EUA General Assembly (GA) only, in which case no registration fee is charged. If you wish to attend the General Assembly only, please select the registration type ‘GA only’ during the first stage of the registration process. For more information, please contact the EUA events team at annual-conference@eua.eu.



  1. ConfirmationYour registration will be confirmed by email. Please wait for your confirmation before making any further arrangements. 

  2. Paymenthas to be made upon confirmation and prior to the event either by bank transfer or credit card. Payment has to be made in GBP. The participant assumes full responsibility for paying all bank charges associated with the payment and any fee related to the exchange rate.

  3. Cancellationsmust be sent in writing to the following email address: annual-conference@eua.eu. Substitutes will be accepted at any time provided that EUA is informed of the change. 
    • On or before 12 March 2024: 30% of the registration fee remains due
    • After 12 March 2024: pay the entire registration fee

  4. LiabilityNeither EUA nor Swansea University will be liable for any losses, accidents or damage to persons or objects, regardless of the cause. Participants and companions attend the conference and all related events at their own risk and responsibility.

  5. Contact: for any question related to payment or invoice, please contact Swansea University at: events@swansea.ac.uk 


Swansea University Bay Campus,
Fabian Way, Crymlyn Burrows,
Swansea, SA1 8EN


We advise participants to book their accommodation as soon as possible, please see below a list of recommended hotels.

The Marriott Hotel – Maritime Quarter, Swansea, SA1 3SS, 01792 642020 Beach Hotel Near Swansea City Centre | Delta Hotels Swansea (marriott.com)

Morgans Hotel – 26 Somerset Place, Swansea, SA1 1RR, 01792 484848 Morgans Hotel – Luxury Rooms in the Heart of Swansea

The Village Hotel – Langdon Road, Waterfront, Swansea, SA1 8QY, 01792 341270 Swansea Marina Hotel With Parking | Village Hotels (village-hotels.co.uk)

Travelodge – Unit 5 Princess Way, Swansea, SA1 3LQ, 0871 984 6326 Travelodge Swansea Central Hotel - New Design

The Grand Hotel – Ivey Place, Swansea, SA1 1NX, 01792 645898 Hotels in Swansea City Centre | Grand Hotel Swansea | Wales (thegrandhotelswansea.co.uk)

For more information on how to get to the venue and practicalities for the conference, please check this document on how to get around the campus and things to know about the forum and its venue.


Please note that photos and videos will be taken during the event and may be used by the organisers and host for publications and websites. Should you be opposed to your picture being used in this way, please contact the photographer or the organisers onsite.

In order to showcase good practices from among its membership, EUA is now inviting contributions for practice presentations for two breakout sessions at the 2024 Annual Conference, get more information on how to contribute to the EUA Annual conference

The 27th EUA General Assembly (GA), taking place on Thursday 11 April, 09.30-10.45 CEST, is open to representatives of EUA member institutions and organisations. The GA will be hosted by Swansea University, United Kingdom, together with the 2024 EUA Annual Conference and Leadership Roundtable between 10-12 April. Registration for the events is open until 27 March.

More information on the EUA General Assembly page

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