Networking opportunities

The IDPE annual conference brings together individuals with a wealth of experience from across the schools’ development and wider fundraising sectors. Throughout the conference we offer a range of opportunities to engage with colleagues from across the IDPE community and to develop your network of support, both for your professional development and personal well-being.

Sunday night informal drinks

Arriving in Birmingham on Sunday 7 June 2020? Join us in the bar of the Hilton Birmingham Metropole for an informal pre-conference drink, catch up with colleagues, and make sure you're ready for the start of the conference.

If you would like to book Sunday night accommodation, please book directly with the hotel by clicking here and get a 10% discount on best available rates.

Roundtables session

For 2020, there will be increased opportunities for small group discussions and networking with a session dedicated to facilitated roundtables.

Topics will include: bursaries, events, prospect research and parent groups.

More details to follow soon.

‘An excellent opportunity to meet with colleagues in the sector.’

‘Good to catch up with old friends and share best practice with new colleagues.’


New to conference? Our first-time delegate meet-ups give you the opportunity to meet with other new delegates, volunteers and IDPE staff, ask questions and find out how you can make the most of your conference experience.

Fundraising clinics

The one-on-one fundraising clinics will give you an opportunity to discuss your specific questions or challenges with an expert from the development sector.

More details to follow soon.

IDPE 2020 Awards Drinks Reception and Dinner

Join us to celebrate excellence in schools’ fundraising and engagement at the IDPE 2020 Development Awards Drinks Reception and Dinner. The perfect opportunity to unwind after a busy conference day and network with other delegates. Attendance at the awards is included in conference packages A and B. If you would like to attend the awards only, please contact the IDPE office.

Nominations for are now open! Nominate a campaign or individual for an IDPE 2020 Development Award now.