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Joining Instructions

General information for conference delegates on arrival, registration etc.

(in downloadable format at foot of page)




Accommodation at the Edgbaston Conference Park, University of Birmingham, is in single or twin study bedrooms; rooms provide tea and coffee-making facilities and telephone (external calls will be charged to your room and must be paid for at Lucas House Reception on leaving). All rooms are within a 5-10 minute walk of the conference sessions. Bedrooms have wifi access; ask at Lucas House Reception for log-in details.

Lucas House Reception is open 24 hours a day and there is no need to contact them regarding late arrivals. Their telephone number, for emergencies only, is 0121 625 3383. This number should not be used for messages to delegates.



If you are arriving on Sunday 3 April you should go to Edgbaston Conference Park Reception in Lucas House to collect your room key.


From Monday 4 April onwards it will not be possible to check in to your room at the Conference Park  until 14:00, so delegates may prefer to go straight to the Conference Registration Desk in the School of Business foyer. It will be possible to leave luggage there safely until the end of the day.




Entrance, Business School


The School of Business is situated on Edgbaston Park Road, on the right from the bus stop on Bristol Road; and a 10-minute walk from the University Station if you arrive by train from New Street Station in the city centre.


It is probably quickest and easiest to take a train from the New Street Station to University Station and then walk to the conference venue. There is a customer information desk in New Street Station and you can buy your ticket to University Station by using the available fast-ticket machines (i.e. £1.90 for a return or £1.80 for a single).


From the Airport

The nearest airport is Birmingham Airport. From the airport take the free monorail service to Birmingham International Station. There is a rail link from the Airport to Birmingham New Street (the city's main rail station). Bus services including the 900, also run from the airport to the city centre with close proximity to New Street Station.


From Birmingham New Street Station

At New Street, one needs to transfer to the line going to University (the terminus of these trains is Longbridge or Redditch, usually leaving from platform 10 or 11). Trains from New Street to the University depart about every 15 minutes and you need to get off at 'University' station. A taxi from New Street Station to the Business School / Conference Park will cost at least £10-12. Ask for “University of Birmingham Edgbaston Campus” and “Conference Park, Lucas House” or “School of Business”.

The 61, 62, 63, and 64 bus service also runs from near New Street Station (Corporation Street) to the University via Bristol Rd. The journey usually takes approximately 20 minutes. Get off in the Selly Oak neighbourhood at the Bristol Rd entrance to the University which is adjacent to Bourbrook Rd and one block from the Gun Barrels pub. The University and clock tower will be in front of you. Ask the driver for help identifying your stop if needed.


From University Station

By train, upon arriving at University Station, the School of Business is a short (10-minute) walk down the hill from the entrance/exit to the station. Turn left out of the station, heading towards the University clock tower passing a statue, the Learning Centre, Computer Science, and Bio Science Buildings. Continue for a minute, cross a road, and you will see Lloyd’s Bank and Waterstones on your left.  Walk straight and take a pedestrian pathway, under the arch below Staff House (R 24 on the campus map). Then walk across the rectangle to the Arts Building (building number 32 on the campus map). The clock tower will be on your right, the Main Library on your left, and the Arts Building ahead of you. Take the back exit of the Arts Building and walk straight ahead for about two minutes. The Barber Institute of Fine Arts will be on your right and across the road you will see King Edward’s School and the School of Business.


Business School

To reach the Business School from the Conference Park, turn left out of Lucas House (right out of Hornton Grange). A short walk will bring you to the Business School on the left – please do use the pavement on the Hornton Grange side of this busy road and remember that when you cross a side road pedestrians do not have right of way in the UK!


A map of the Edgbaston campus can be found at:




The Conference Desk will be open for registration and enquiries as follows:                    

Monday 4 April                    09.30 – 18.00

Tuesday 5 April                    08.30 – 17.30

Wednesday  6 April             08.30 – 14.00

Messages can be collected at the conference desk, where Jodie and Slink will also be happy to help with other enquiries.



Messages for delegates can be left with conference staff on the following phone numbers: + 44 (0) 7697 374554 or +44 (0) 7966 395594. They will be passed to delegates at the earliest opportunity, but those awaiting messages are urged to check with the Conference Desk at regular intervals.



There is limited wifi access for conference delegates in the Business School. Please ask at the Conference Desk for log-in details.

Please note that printing and photocopying facilities are not available.



BACS members will be pleased to see Rex Williams and Tom Snell in charge of the book exhibition in the School of Business Room G06, on the ground floor. Orders for books from the display may be left with Tom.



Breakfasts, and dinner on Monday, will be at Hornton Grange, Edgbaston Conference Park; buffet lunches on all days will be served in the Business School foyer. Please note that the Conference Dinner will take place on Tuesday 5 April at the Business School Common Room, and must be booked in advance.


Delegates are warmly invited to attend the receptions during the conference. On 6 April lunch will follow a reception at which the winners of the 2011 Prix du Québec will be announced. On Tuesday the reception which precedes the Conference Dinner is hosted by the Canadian High Commission.



At the Business School: If you arriving by car you should use the South car park (£1) which is on the left off Edgbaston Park Road and a short walk from the Business School. Only drivers with disabled stickers may use the car park in front of the Business School.

At the Conference Park: Free parking is provided; you will need a permit from Lucas House Reception.



On Monday evening there will be a poetry event at Hornton Grange (Worcester Room) at 20:30, which you are warmly invited to attend. Further information can be found on the conference website, and in delegates’ folders. Please note that this is in the same building as dinner.



The programme, registration forms and other information may be found on this site.



Trains from London run frequently from Euston, Victoria and Marylebone Stations. From central London, the most convenient way to Birmingham is by train or by coach. See Conference FAQs for further information.

By coach

There are frequent express coach services to Birmingham from London, Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stanstead Airports, and many UK cities. The long-distance coach station is in Digbeth in the city centre. Digbeth coach station is a short walk from New Street train station. Ask at the coach station for directions to New Street and then either catch the local train service to University station or catch a bus as described above. 

By air

Birmingham International Airport has direct flights from locations in the UK, as well as from the USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.

The journey by taxi from the airport to the University takes approximately half an hour. Alternatively, Air-Rail Link provides a free, fast connection between the airport terminals and Birmingham International railway station. Air-Rail Link operates every two minutes (journey time 90 seconds). Birmingham International railway station has frequent services to New Street Station in the city centre (journey time around 15 minutes).

If you are arriving at London, there is a frequent train service from London Euston railway station to New Street Station (journey time around 1 hour 30 minutes).

  • From Heathrow Airport. Take the Heathrow Express train to Paddington Station and then the Underground or a taxi to Euston Station. Alternatively, an Airbus runs from Heathrow Airport direct to Euston Station;
  • From Gatwick Airport. Take the Airport Express train to Victoria Station and then the Underground or a taxi to Euston Station;
  • From Luton and Stanstead Airports. Take the coach to Birmingham Digbeth Station (i.e. usually £21 for a return fair) and then the train or bus to University Station (i.e. £1.90 for a return ticket or £1.80 for a single).


British Association for Canadian Studies

Conference Team 2011


Danielle Fuller, University of Birmingham

Steve Hewitt, University of Birmingham

Susan Hodgett, University of Ulster

Cristina Ivanovici, University of Birmingham

Thomas Snell, University of Newcastle

Keith Syrett, University of Bristol

Fiona Tolan, Liverpool John Moore’s University

Jodie Robson and Slink Jadranko, BACS


The organisers would like to thank the following for their generous support:

the Canadian High Commission, the Foundation for Canadian Studies in the UK, the Québec Government Office in London, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada, the Association internationale des études québécoises (AIEQ) and the Eccles Centre at the British Library.

Jodie Robson,
Mar 24, 2011, 10:37 AM