Throughout this week we are bringing you information on Classical Association’s annual conference. Yesterday we brought to you a profile of the University of Notiingham and its Classics Department. Today, we consider the logistics – how to get there and planning your way round the conference.
The University Park campus (and do note there are several campuses in Nottingham. University Park is University of Nottingham’s main campus) is 1-2 miles away from the City Centre and, if driving, the City Centre can be avoided in most instances.
By rail, coach and from the City Centre
The University Park campus is far enough from the city centre for us to advise you to catch public transport. Many buses leave from the city centre and stops at University Boulevard, which will require you to walk up the South Entrance. Buses that departs from near the bus station and the railway station are most likely to come pass University Boulevard.
Those heading into the University from the City itself may choose to take the bus number 34, which comes into University Park.
Of course, taxi is available but do note that work is being done to extend Nottingham’s tram network and the location of the taxi rank may be affected.
For more information, see the university page here.
By air, from East Midlands Airport
Again, the choice of taxi is available. The Skylink bus, which links the airport with Broadmarsh bus station in the city, picks up and drop off on University Boulevard by the South Entrance, which will require a little walk uphill to get to the campus.
Situated to the west of the City, the University is easily accessible from the M1 motoraway. Parking permit is available from the reception, with parking available by the halls.
Delegates arriving by car from the South, West Midlands Derbyand Staffordshire via the A50 should continue on the motorway past the East Midlands Airport to junction 25, then taking the A52 Brian Clough Way until the junction between A52 and A6514 (Nottingham’s ring road) is reached. The North Entrance to the campus is situated on this junction.
Delegates from Yorkshire and the North should exit the M1 at junction 26, taking A610 and A6514 (Nottingham’s ring road) until the junction between A52 and A6514 (Nottingham’s ring road) is reached. The North Entrance to the campus is situated on this junction.
Delegates from the east of the country (Norfolk, Lincolnshire) may need to by-pass Nottingham on the A52 (from south east) or A6514 (from north east) roads. Where the two roads meet is the junction on which the North Entrance to the campus is situated.
See this page by the University of Nottingham for more information.
Enjoying the conference
In every CA conference, the panels take up the bulk of the timetable. Typically three or four presentations with a common theme are collected together to form a single panel, which is managed by a chair. Presentations are 20 minutes each, followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers. There is some flexibility in terms of planning which panels to go, as it is possible to move between rooms from one panel to another (so for example if you prefer the first speaker in panel A but the second speaker in panel B, you may move to panel B after the first speaker has spoken).
This year, all the panels will be at the Pope building, so transfers between panels should be straight forward. The venue for the plenary lectures, Coates Road Auditorium, is in a nearby building. The campus is self-contained and well-signposted, and I trust that there will be student-helpers at hand to redirect anyone looking lost!
What we have done, however, is produced a template for you to plan which panels to go to and note them down. You can download the Word documents, print it out and fill in the panels you would like to go. Another way is to fill them in digitally, then either print or convert it to a PDF file to save on your smartphones or tablets.
Monday – panels-timetable-monday
Tuesday – panels-timetable-tuesday
Wednesday – panels-timetable-wednesday