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2018 Annual Conference

2018 Annual Conference

RQA’s 2018 Annual Conference - Data and Quality: Is the tail wagging the dog? - was held at the award-winning Manchester Central from 31 October to 2 November. The programme included representation by the MHRA, as well as a range of presentations on hot topics such as Data Integrity and GDPR. 


Attendees that are not members should click here to access the presentations.  You will need your conference login (which was emailed to attendees) in order to access these pages.  Members can access the presentations in the Members Area.


The 2018 RQA Annual Conference took place between the 31st October and the 2nd November at Manchester Central, close to the centre of Manchester.  Over 500 people attended throughout the two and a half days.  The opening session was led by Vanessa Grant, with an candid look at Manchester and its rich history in music and football to name just two.  Fergus Walsh (BBC News) then took the stage for his keynote presentation on 'Making Sense of Headlines and Health', which was followed by a very healthy Q&A session from the audience, who could pose a question to the speaker at any time during the session using the conference app.  This turned out to be a great success with popular questions being voted to the top of the list, ensuring that everyone could openly have their say.

As the day went on, the attendees were treated to presentations on data integrity and GDPR as well as the debut of the fringe sessions.  These sessions were a chance for a more roundtable discussion.  The room holding all three talks was alive with chatter and a chance to get delegates moving around keeping engaged through various means.  Initial feedback suggests that this format was a success and something we can look to continue with in the future.

Thursday afternoon saw the conference become more stretched with five concurrent streams throughout the venue.  Lively debate and Q&A was had in all the various QA clinics.  The audio (and video, where possible) of these will be available to RQA members by the end November 2018, so stay tuned to the website.  The Gala Dinner was its usual low key self (!).  Vanessa took the time to recognise Angelika Tillmann (2018 Conference Chair) and Jane Elliston (2018 Deputy Chair) as well as a special mention, and subsequent standing ovation, for RQA Conference Manager, Tony Ward, who is due to retire from the association at the end of the year.  What happens in Manchester stays in Manchester, so you will have to ask any attendees you know for further details from there!

The conference was finished off with another keynote presentation – this time from Simon Gillespie (British Heart Foundation), a lively debate session and then an update from JSQA about the 2020 Global QA Conference, to be held in Sendai.

The office would like to extend its thanks to all of the faculty, exhibitors and delegates who made this year’s conference such a successful one.  Next year’s edition will be the 3rd European QA Conference, and will be held in Dublin.  Stay tuned for more information in the new year.


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