Welcome to December’s ACPME Despatch

This issue brings you a summary of two regional meetings, an exciting announcement of the new ACPME Forum and a reminder to book your places for #ACPMEConf24.

Please start thinking about your entries for the 2024 ACPME Creative + Print Awards – we have brand new categories including awards to recognise individuals. Find out more here

Michelle Barraclough, ACPME Chair

Start thinking about the 2024 ACPME Creative + Print Awards.


The Forum is an online space structured around and dedicated to conversation about our collective endeavours, through posting questions, answers, and responses.

The idea is the Forum will replace the email list and over time will become a knowledge base for information on a wide range of topics, the more we use it the better it will get and become a rich resource of information for the ACPME collective both now and in the future.

The Forum is structured around various topics and categories, so you should be able to find a place to post your question, query, or opinion.

Over the next few weeks, we will be registering the ACPME membership and sending out your login details. The forum will also send out a weekly “digest” email, listing all new posts, you can change this to daily if you prefer and subscribe to or unsubscribe from topics depending on your interest.

Some other features include creating polls, private messages, and file upload.

Like an in-person forum, online forums should also present a flat power dynamic and celebrate the safe exchange of ideas and opinions. As the Forum is private to the ACPME membership we are not planning on moderating content – please ensure your posts are relevant and respectful.

Keep your eye out for your registration details , hop on the Forum, browse around, and post some content.

We hope that the Forum will add additional value to your ACPME membership and increase the sharing of knowledge, ideas and collaborations between our members.


The University of Sheffield hosted a fantastic ACPME & Antalis Vinyl Application Training Event on the 16th of November. The event was attended by representatives from the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Leeds, Heart of Yorkshire Education Group, University of Derby, University of Bath, and the University of Lancaster.

 Lucy Farmer, Michelle Barraclough, and Mike Collins from Antalis organised the event, which was delivered by Tomos Earthrowl. An excellent training session which covered all aspects of vinyl application including furniture, walls, and windows.

Marianne Steel, Relationship Manager from The Printing Charity, attended the event and gave a presentation on the Practical, Emotional and Financial support offered to anyone working within the Print, Creative, Paper and Packaging Industry.

They also had time to squeeze in some networking and a tour of the print room.

Thank you, from UoS, to everyone who attended. They really enjoyed welcoming the fantastic ACPME family to the Steel City.


Here’s what attendees had to say: 

“Really enjoyed the day, came away from the training excited about trying out the techniques that were demonstrated. The food was very good too. Thank you” – Dean Yoxall, Heart of Yorkshire

“Had a great day seeing how another University works. Picked up some great tips on vinyl application. Great two guys in large format explaining how they worked and processed jobs.” – Neil Gummerson, University of Leeds

“Big thanks for yesterday all the hard work you put in organising was exemplary. There was a very good, positive turnout from several universities down to you. I’m sure Tom would agree we both enjoyed the experience working with you.” – Mike Collins, Antalis


The most recent regional Clan ACPME meeting happened at Edinburgh Napier on November 15th and was attended by around a dozen colleagues from institutions across Scotland.

After a warm welcome, by Martin Parker the Scottish Chair, we went straight into a round table discussion about such issues as staffing, print volumes, new kit, financial challenges, web-to-print, sponsors and conference.
After everyone had given their institutional updates we broke for an excellent lunch courtesy of Edinburgh Napier and met the suppliers Fraser Leckie of Mackay&Inglis Printers and John Gallagher & Dave Thomas of Clyde Paper and Print who presented in two half hour slots after lunch.
Avril McSorley from Edinburgh Napier then gave everyone a guided tour of her print room which was based at a nearby campus.

Thanks to Avril for hosting and organising the event.



The 2024 ACPME Annual Conference
including the ACPME Creative + Print Awards

Vale Resort, Cardiff 13–15 May 2024

Scrum down for another must-attend ACPME Annual Conference

For 2024 registration fees, the Early Bird Offer and what’s included see the Provisional Programme.

Do you want to see a particular supplier at Conference?

Please send them this link to the Exhibition and Sponsorship leaflet and explain why they should be there. The more the merrier.

Find out more

To discuss membership, sponsorship opportunities or annual conference please contact 
Jennie Mort, ACPME Administrator: 01527 893675 | admin@acpme.ac.uk
Contact address: Seven Elms, Dark Lane, Astwood Bank, Redditch, Worcestershire B96 6HB

Or feel free to contact members of our Board
Details here

The Association of Creative and Print Managers in Education, a not for profit private company, limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales No. 10244428. Registered address: Seven Elms, Dark Lane, Astwood Bank, Redditch, Worcestershire B96 6HB