Campus Venue

The location for the 2015 conference is the historic University of Birmingham campus located some three miles south of Birmingham City Centre. 

If you are staying in the city centre you have plenty of options (see below). You can catch the Conference shuttle bus from Broad Street, walk down to New Street Station and take a 10 minute train from platform 11, jump on a local bus or take a taxi. If you are staying near the canal and the weather is fair you can also walk down the canal direct to the campus in 35 minutes (honest!).

If you choose to stay at the University campus hotel it is a short walk over to the main conference venue. 

Getting to the University

By Conference shuttle bus

A conference shuttle bus will depart from the Tap and Spile, Gas Street/ Broad Street junction, near the Hyatt Hotel and opposite The Brasshouse, every 15 minutes 0730 - 0930.  This service will be popular so we advise taking advantage of the early buses to ensure a seat.  The buses will return from the University's Barber Institute every fifteen minutes from 1730 - 1845 (1645 - 1850 on Wednesday). Watch this space for timetable and location details, and a picture of the classic red Routemasters you will be using!!  If you are unable to get a seat, then the quickest way is to take a taxi from the Broad Street rank.

By taxi

There is a 'black cab' taxi rank on Broad Street near the Hyatt/ICC and at New Street, or you can flag one down in the street (only black cabs are permitted to take customers without prior booking).  Or order one from your hotel or by phone from TOA at 0121 427 8888.  Ask the driver for: Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston (there are 3 universities in Birmingham, so make sure you ask for this one!!).  Broad Street/New Street to the University is about 15 minutes and will cost about £8-10.  If you order a taxi, allow time for it to arrive as the extensive redevelopment of New Street Station and Paradise Circus is causing traffic delays.

By train

Up to six trains an hour depart from Birmingham New Street station for the University on the cross-city line (ten minutes to University station, final destination Longbridge or Redditch). Train times and costs can be found by clicking the Journey Planner.  The Conference Hub (Great Hall, Aston Webb Building - by the clock tower) is a ten-minute walk from University station.  Buy tickets from the machines in any railway station or at the ticket office.

By bus

From the city centre, take numbers 61, X62 and 63 travel to the University’s Edgbaston campus (15 minutes). The services all run frequently from the city centre, starting at New Street Interchange and travelling along Bristol Street and Bristol Road.  Ask to alight at the University (corner of Edgbaston Park Road).  Then it is a 10 minute walk to the Conference Hub. Head for the clock tower.

Buy the ticket from the bus driver and please have the exact money available as many buses do not give change (the bus fare is normally £2.20).

A leaflet on all ways to get to the University by bus is here

Online bus timetables for 61X62 and 63 are available on the National Express West Midlands website

There is a travel information office outside New Street Station, where you can obtain bus timetables and departure point information. Maps can be found throughout the city centre indicating bus stop locations.

You can also access Network West Midlands' Live Travel Map for current rail and bus information.

Finding the Conference Hub

Our assistants will be available in the mornings to guide you to the Conference Hub and session rooms. The Conference Hub is the Great Hall in the Aston Webb Building (R6 on the campus map), located near ‘Old Joe’ – the University clock tower.  It will feature a publishers exhibition, breakfast buffet, refreshments, lunches, cloakroom, bag store, registration desk and space to work and meet with colleagues.  

There are a number of other venues where you can work or meet with colleagues over coffee; details will be in your programme.

Plenaries that bookend the conference programme are located in the state of the art Bramall concert hall opened in 2013. 

Paper sessions will take place in the Aston Webb building and one of one of three adjacent buildings - Arts Building, Law Building and Nuffield Building. 

Conference buses will take you back into the city centre so you have time to get ready for Monday evening's civic reception at Birmingham's city hall known as "Council House", in Victoria Square, and afterwards for 'A Night at the Museum', and Tuesday evening's Gala Banquet at the ICC on Broad Street.