Welcome to the January’s ACPME Despatch

Firstly Happy New Year. Hopefully you had a relaxing Christmas and are raring to face 2022 with your best foot forward. There’s plenty to look forward to with your #ACPMEfamily including the long-awaited in-person conference at Belton Woods 5–8 June.

We promised to make the content from our recent ‘Shaping the new normal: adapt & flourish’ virtual event available. We have now uploaded the full day event to the ACPME’s Vimeo account as a showcase in convenient segments. Feel free to watch talks again or to catch up on anything that you missed.

The ACPME Board are continuing to meet virtually on a regular basis, and we will update you on our exciting plans for Belton Woods very soon.

Enjoy this reminder of our virtual event and keep up the amazing work.

Stephen McCann, Acting Chair of ACPME

The showcase is private to ACPME members and Associate Members – who will have been sent a password to access all of the videos.


Session One

If Carlsberg made keynotes… and super suppliers

Scroll through gallery to see screenshots from the session (click to enlarge)

Session One summary


If Carlsberg made keynotes… they’d choose the most successful female British Olympian of all time Dame Katherine Granger DBA and ACPME’s bright-eyed cheeky interviewer Jon Shears alongside his straight-man Stephen McCann.

The University of Glasgow’s new Chancellor kindly kicked the day off in style. Dame Katherine provided inspiring, effervescent and articulate answers to very our own Ant and Dec’s range of questions. The relaxed chat covered equality and diversity, motivation, team building, the future of HE, personal recovery from setbacks and keeping teams together with humour. A truly memorable keynote concluding with an amusing crescendo of 20 quick fire ‘yes it no’ questions that had Dame Katherine chuckling. A gold medal standard event opening.

Suppliers Forum

Dame Katherine was followed by Mike Collins who gave an ACPME  users’ perspective on Coala Interior Film. Our network love to see what other ACPME members are doing and enjoyed watching Richard and the team at Cardiff Met demonstrating what they’d done with Coala and how easy it is to apply.

Next came Kevin O’Donnell from Xerox who gave a talk called Powering Sustainable Print and Beyond. Cleverly picking up our conference graphics, Kevin touched on the impact of Covid and the changing landscape, before explaining how XMPie could help central print hubs with their communications and shape their digital future.

David Bowering of EFI was next to present their “Vision for the future’. His presentation introduced EFI PrintSmith Vision a comprehensive browser-based print MIS. David gave a live demo of the system’s capabilities while explaining some of its features.

Konica Minolta
The next supplier presentation came from Malcolm Smith of Konica Minolta. In ‘Rethinking the New World’ Malcolm discussed rethinking the new academic year in the ‘new normal’ and what roles print and creative professionals will play in that journey. He talked about the benefits of sharing information, creating closer links within universities and investigating new revenue streams.


Scroll over summary text panel to read more

Session Two

Fantastic work from members… and more super suppliers

Scroll through gallery to see screenshots from the session (click to enlarge)

Session Two summary

The second session of the morning involved some fantastic lightning talks from ACPME members and more supplier showcases.

There’s nothing quite like seeing the work of peers and the differences they make to their institutions. The videos were truly inspiring and revealed fantastic work across the board, with many takeaways for that membership to remember.

Lightning talks

University of Leicester
The first  talk saw Ian Hickman and Glyn Johnson take us around the mighty Print Services off-campus production unit at the University of Leicester. They showed the equipment that they use to dress their campus with large format graphics, then took us on a tour of buildings they have transformed within the University and beyond including at Leicester’s Space Park. Examples of ambitious environmental graphics on a grand scale that really make a difference.

Loughborough University
The second talk of the session saw in-house photographer Phil Wilson share best practice about the creation mind-blowing swimming Pool of Dreams campaign. Along with Matt Cawrey, print account handler, he gave an informative and humorous talk detailing the project from conception through design and photography to installation. We learned about the equipment used, how best results were ensured and the impact of the campaign.

University of Glasgow
Next up was Raymond Dickson from the University of Glasgow. Raymond spoke proudly about how his team had moved on from printing thousands of Covid-related materials, during the pandemic, to large-scale environmental graphics involving new equipment and new found skills. We saw many projects, including a giant 10 x 8 meter large format mesh banner printed, joined, hemmed, eyeleted and hung to cover scaffolding on the University Chapel. It was easy to see why their Benny Hill style animation was such a hit on the University’s Twitter feed.

Suppliers Forum

The first came from Ricoh who discussed transforming communications and value-added services through multichannel marketing including Personalised prospectuses, sensualised print services as well as their latest technologies.

Printvision’s talk highlighted the capabilities of their company, the people involved and how they helped companies through COVID-19 with social distancing materials. They showcased some of their environmental product range and how they had scooped entrepreneurship awards for service and innovation.

Canon’s Sustainability Engagement Manager Andy Tomkins closed the session with an informative presentation on their approach to sustainability. He detailed Canon’s socially responsible practices, their environmental commitments and their collaborations with other organisations to create sicial benefits and innovation.

Scroll over summary text panel to read more


Session Three

The Design Ninja returns… and marvellous member talks

Scroll through gallery to see screenshots from the session (click to enlarge)

Session Three summary


The afternoon started with ACPME friend and creative software wizard Tony Harmer. We said be prepared to pick your jaws up off the floor and that’s just what viewers had to do. With infectious charm, Tony spun Adobe magic from time-saving new AI selections in Photoshop, to (at last) realistic live 3D text filters, super-easy new masking in Lightroom and whizzy new additions to Premiere Pro and After Effects. A genius at work. Time spent watching Tony means time saved down the line.

Tony was followed by more Lightning Talk from our members.

Lightning talks

University of Bristol
First up was a new face to ACPME Lawrence Flavell, Print Services Manager at the University of Bristol. Lawrence introduced himself, before giving a quick tour of Bristol’s printroom. He discussed their recent move into Post and fulfilment and the value that their Iridesse press is now providing.

Robert Gordon University
The Gatehouse at followed with a masterclass in creating accessible PDFs using Adobe Indesign. This comprehensive tutorial is one to watch at your own speed. Give the team at The Gatehouse, Rovert Gordon University a call if you run into any difficulty.

University of Wolverhampton
The final Lightning Talk came from Gae Forbes. Gae started by explaining how her team coped during Covid and the impact of the pandemic on print volumes. We were then treated to another excellent virtual printroom tour. I’m sure everyone will agree that seeing where each other work, the equipment used across the network and the scope of each other’s work is invaluable. Now we all know who to turn to for short-run foiling onto digital print.

Scroll over summary text panel to read more

Session Four

Sector insights from TwoSides and the BPIF

Scroll through gallery to see screenshots from the session (click to enlarge)

Session Four summary

Sector insights

Jonathan Tame, Managing Director, of Two Sides and the BPIF British Printing Industries Federation provided the final presentations of the day.

Jonathan talked about ‘Paper’s Place in a Post Pandemic World’ and what Two Sides can offer ACPME members.

Darren Shepherd and Dawn Reid from the BPIF informed us of print industry facts and figures, provided a general overview of the trade, before covering what they offer their community – from environmental roadmaps and training.  


ACPME Board members closed a memorable day by thanking all speakers and those behind the scenes.

Even in times of adversity the #ACPMEfamily assembles: stronger together as a supportive and encouraging network.


Scroll over summary text panel to read more


ACPME Annual Conference, Belton Woods, Lincolnshire 5–8 June 2022

Belton Woods is a fantastic, purpose-built conference venue.

If you haven’t booked. Book now!

We can’t wait to see you all in-person. It’s been too long.

The programme will have something for all ACPME members. It’ll be crammed with relevant CPD training, engaging speakers, active participation, valuable networking, relevant supplier engagement.

We will hear from Keynote speakers Andy Cope and Andy Grant, and Dynamix Training and Tony Harmer will be running creative master-classes in addition to member presentations. And, of course the 2022 ACPME Creative & Print Awards.

You’ll return to your office energised, bursting with ideas and feeling even more part of our supportive network.

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