The sponsors for the IWMW 2017 help to enrich the event by funding event support, social activities and providing resources. The sponsors benefit from gaining feedback about their services and products from event participants while event participants benefit not only from the sponsorship but also by hearing about their products and services.

The following companies and individuals are sponsoring the IWMW 2017 event:

In addition some small donations are being provided.

Also several of the sponsors are taking part in the exhibition.


Precedent is a full service digital agency with a wealth of expertise in the HE space and a strong reputation for their in-depth research and thought leadership.

We forge strong working relationships with our clients and ensure they have the tools in place to adapt to a changing digital landscape. With experts in strategy and research, user-centred design, development and hosting, we fuse creativity, technology and business strategy from the outset.

Precedent are platinum sponsors for the IWMW 2017 and are sponsoring the conference dinner. Staff from Precedent will give a plenary talk on “Students as Humans: Understanding and Segmenting the Real Student Experience” and facilitate a master class session entitled “A Roundtable Discussion: How Do You Start Without Knowing Where You’re Going?“. Precedent will also have an exhibition stand.

Precedent have also sent an email to IWMW 2017 delegates.


TERMINALFOUR is a digital marketing & web content management platform for higher education. We enable Universities & Colleges to drive student recruitment, retention, alumni fundraising & research promotion by maximizing the effectiveness of their digital & content strategies. Our community includes 180+ higher education clients worldwide with a user community of 5,000+ people powering more than 12,000+ higher education websites.

TERMINALFOUR are gold sponsors of the event and are sponsoring the event amplification at IWMW 2017. Piero Tintori, TERMINALFOUR will give a plenary talk on “5 Conversion Techniques that Higher Ed Can Learn From eCommerce“.  TERMINALFOUR will also have an exhibition stand.

TERMINALFOUR have also sent an email to IWMW 2017 delegates.


Funnelback is a sophisticated search solution, simplifying how you and your users’ interact with information. More than just a search engine, Funnelback is a problem solver with a proven record of improving user journeys and increasing user satisfaction within Higher Education and beyond.

Indexing content across repositories and multiple formats, Funnelback provides a holistic experience for users’ on everythingfrom official social media channels to course listings and staff directories.

For more information on what Funnelback can do for your institution, please get in touch:

Funnelback are gold sponsors of the event and are co-sponsoring the IWMW 2017 barbeque. Gordon Grace, Funnelback will facilitate a master class on “Search “More than Ten Blue Links“. Funnelback will also have an exhibition stand.


Squiz is a global technology company that creates and supplies products for digital transformation, helping their customers thrive in a digital first world.
Rated as a global technology leader by Ovum, Squiz’s solutions transform student interactions and drive student success – empowering Universities to attract and retain the best possible talent.

Squiz has over 400 employees worldwide, with clients including Middlesex University, Buckinghamshire New University, Nottingham Trent University, William Hill, OFCOM and Lexis Nexis.

Squiz are gold sponsors of the event and are co-sponsoring the IWMW 2017 barbecue. Staff from Squiz will facilitate a master class on “AI and Data: Evolving the Student Experience ” and a workshop on “Data: The Most Untapped Resource in your Student Retention Strategy“. Squiz will also have an exhibition stand.

Squiz have also sent an email to IWMW 2017 delegates.


Zengenti design and build sophisticated websites for major universities, the public sector, and corporate businesses. Our professional-services team can provide an end-to-end website project from discovery through to delivery. Or, they can support your in-house teams. We design, we migrate, we build, we test, we develop, we train.

We also produce a content management system second-to-none. Contensis powers the websites of some of the world’s leading organisations. We specialise in supporting the teams managing the most sophisticated and complex web systems. Universities such as The University of Brighton, London School of Economics and Political Science, King’s College London and Southampton Solent rely on Contensis to deliver content on time, all of the time.

Since building our website using Contensis, the university has seen conversion rates increase in excess of 160% against our key goals. We did not have to compromise on any aspect of the design or functionality. Plus we now have simplicity for our editors, unlimited development possibilities and independence.
Stuart Elliot, digital services manager, University of Brighton

Zengenti are gold sponsors of the event and are sponsoring drinks at the IWMW 2017 barbecue. Zengenti will also have an exhibition stand.

WP Engine

WP Engine is a leading SaaS content management platform for websites and applications built on WordPress. The company powers thousands of websites and apps built on the WordPress platform delivering a fast, reliable and secure web experience. All levels of users including bloggers, marketers, SMBs and large corporations rely on WP Engine’s managed WordPress hosting platform to keep their websites up and running. WP Engine currently powers sites and applications for nearly 50,000 customers in 133 different countries.

The company’s exceptional customer service team comprises rigorously-trained WordPress experts and is the fastest-growing WordPress support team in the industry. This award-winning support team specialises in quickly solving technical problems, and creating a world-class customer experience for its customers. Founded in 2010, WP Engine is headquartered in Austin, Texas and has offices in San Francisco and San Antonio, and launched the EMEA office in Tech City, London last year.

WP Engine are silver sponsors of the IWMW 2017 event. Jon Bird, WP Engine will facilitate a master class on “Transition to WordPress“. WP Engine will also have an exhibition stand.


Headscape works alongside internal web and digital teams providing capabilities for user research, stakeholder research, UX design, information architecture, prototyping, development and analytics projects.

We’ve been working with universities for over fourteen years providing valuable advice and support. Our advice on strategy and digital transformation is rooted in our practical, hands-on experience in designing and developing websites. Our development team specialises in Drupal and WordPress.

In the last two years we’ve worked with universities including Birkbeck University of London, Edinburgh, Hull, LSE, UCL and University Hospital Southampton as well as others in the HE sector including the Higher Education Policy Institute and Higher Education Statistics Agency.

Headscape are bronze sponsors of the IWMW 2017 event. Headscape are sponsoring prizes at the event.

Adrian Tribe

Adrian Tribe started working as the Web Editor at Birkbeck, University of London in January 1999, later becoming the Web Manager as his team grew over time. Having been an Archaeological Conservator for 13 years, although Adrian had built up some web knowledge while in that role, he obviously had much to learn and an important part of his web education was attending the IWMW events, his first being in the summer of 1999 at Goldsmiths. This not only gave an opportunity to learn from talks and workshops given by experts in the growing field of University web management, it enabled personal contacts to be made that proved to be so helpful throughout his time at Birkbeck.

But all good things come to an end, and due to some restructuring within the IT Services Department towards the end of 2016, the role of Web Manager was deleted, so Adrian left the profession in April 2017 after 18 happy years. This move actually proved to be an answer to prayer, and has given Adrian the opportunity to pursue a third career, in Christian ministry. Adrian is keen to be a sponsor of IWMW 2017 as a way of giving back to the profession and enabling others to benefit from an event that proved to be so influential and helpful to him in his own web career.

Adrian is a bronze sponsor of the IMWMW 2017 event. Adrian is funding a sponsored place at the events


Those who have attended recent IWMW events may have come across Kevin Mears’ sketch notes which he has made at a number of IWMW events. Kevin, a Senior Designer at University of South Wales, works as a part of a cross departmental team producing websites for a wide variety of stakeholders. Kevin is also a member of the IWMW 2017 advisory group.

Kevin has published a “Pocketguide to Sketchnoting” and, for a short period, is making this freely available to IWMW 2017 delegates using the discount code IWMW17.


The following sponsors took part in the exhibition which was held in the Keynes Atrium Foyer during the IWMW 2017 event:

  1. Precedent
  3. Funnelback
  4. Squiz
  5. Zengenti
  6. WP Engine

Note exhibitors will be able to store equipment overnight in the luggage store (Keynes KS7). The room will be available from Monday afternoon.