The conference will take place on the University of Birmingham's main Edgbaston Campus at the Business School.The Edgbaston campus is a pleasant environment, set within 250 acres of parkland with an impressive mixture of sculptures, striking Victorian and modern buildings, and with a range of facilities for students, staff and visitors.
Lawns, mature trees and pedestrian walkways contribute to the peaceful atmosphere on campus, and make it a wonderful spot for picnics and walking. Convenient facilities include bars, cafes, shops, a concert hall, banks, an art gallery, a medical practice and a nursery.
The university has its own train station (called simply University), which is only two stops away from Birmingham New Street station in the city centre.
Links to campus attractions:http://www.bham.ac.uk/about/attractions.shtml
Virtual campus tour: http://www.bham.ac.uk/about/campus.shtml
Map of the University of Birmingham Edgbaston Campus:http://www.bham.ac.uk/about/maps/edgbastonmap.shtml
The Business School used to be called University House (it is still listed as such on this map). University House is on Edgbaston Park Road, in the Orange Zone of the map, and is building no. 03.
Directions to the University of Birmingham:http://www.bham.ac.uk/about/maps/unidirections.shtml
Birmingham International Airport is 7 miles from the city centre. There is a very convenient rail link from Birmingham International train station directly to Birmingham New Street station in the city centre (fare ~£5). From Birmingham New Street station, it is only two stops to University station which is Birmingham University’s own station.
Some good sites for finding cheap flights to the UK include:
A taxi from the airport to the University costs ~£30, while a taxi from the airport to city-centre hotels costs ~£25. Information on getting to and from Birmingham International can be found here: http://www.toandfromtheairport.com/birmingham.html (but please note that some prices may be out of date).
If you want to off-set the CO2 emissions from your flights then this can be done at: www.co2balance.com
If you are travelling from another UK city, or airport, another option would be to take a coach. For a reliable service try booking online at:http://www.nationalexpress.com
If you are looking for the cheapest travel option (expensive in hassle, cheap in money) try: www.megabus.com Their service is VERY cheap (£2-£5 from major cities to Birmingham), but the stops are awkward to locate, the buses are old and uncomfortable and the journey takes up to 5 hours - taking the long route every time!
The Maps on this page provide information on getting to the university by car. Parking is available in the University's South car park, though you will need to pay and display.
If you are coming from London Airports, there are good rail links from London Euston to Birmingham New Street and Marylebone Station to Birmingham Moor Street or Birmingham Snow Hill stations. You can check the prices of train tickets, and book online at :www.trainline.co.uk
The University has its own train station called 'University'. Birmingham town centre has three train stations: Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill and Birmingham New Street (the cheapest rail tickets are often for 'Chiltern Line' trains that run in to Moor Street or Snow Hill - though they have heavy restrictions as to when you can travel. )
Travelling to campus from hotels in town
If you are travelling from town to the University campus there are three options:
1) Rail - Trains run every ten minutes from Birmingham New Street Station to University Station. The journey takes around 7 minutes. A return ticket costs around £1.60. Come out of the station and turn left.
2) Bus - Buses run along the Bristol Road from outside New Street Station to the University every 5 minutes - you can catch the 61, 62 or 63. A ticket costs £1.80 each way, or £3.60 for an all day ticket that you can use on any bus in Birmingham as many times as you like ( ask for a BUSMASTER ticket from the driver). Ask the driver to let you know when you get to the University of Birmingham's main campus.
3) Taxis - In the UK there are two types of taxi. A black cab (a black hackney carriage of the kind you would see in tourist brochures) can pick you up from a designated taxi rank. There is a taxi rank outside New Street Station. These are more expensive than a normal 'car' taxi, but will carry up to 6 passengers. They are metered, and prices are fixed. This will probably cost you around £12.00 to get to campus.
There are also private hire taxis (which look like a normal car but display a local council licence on the back bumper). These taxis are not legally allowed to pick you up if you hail them, you must book them by telephone beforehand. Your hotel will be able to call a reputable company for you. A good local company are Falcon cars (who are used by the University's Guild of Students) their number is: 0121 603 6666. You should agree the price with the office when you arrange for the taxi to collect you. The cost from New Street Station to the University's Guild of Students (which is a good drop off point) is usually around £8.00.