Location, Transport & Accommodation
The conference will be held in within the Department of Physics and Astronomy building located on the main campus of the University of Leicester (campus map). To the right of this is the Charles Wilson building where the social will take place on the 1st floor.
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Arriva is the major public bus operator in Leicester. Information on timetables and services can be found at their website. A Leicester network map can be found here. A typical day-ticket around Leicester costs £4.20.
Services to the University include the:
- 80/80A bus service operated by Arriva, which travels between Leicester town centre and the University campus itself and onto the University Halls of Residence at Oadby student village.
- 48 bus (to South Wigston), operated by Arriva, leaves St Margaret's bus station every 15 minutes and takes about ten minutes and travels via the University. (NB. The return journey is the no.47.)
The nearest train station to the University is Leicester Train Station, which is well connected to London and other major cities such as Birmingham, Nottingham and Sheffield.
As you leave the station to the right, you can take a short bus ride to the University (see above), else it is a 10-15 minute walk.
The easiest way to get directions is to enter “LE1 7RH” as your destination postcode into Google Maps or your GPS unit. This will bring you to University Road.
Leicester is well connected to the M1 motorway to the west of the city and connects to Northampton, Luton and London to the south, and Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield to the north. Birmingham is to the west via the M6 and M69. Leicester is also within easy reach to Cambridge, Peterborough and Grantham to the east.
Free parking is available for those travelling by car 5 minutes from the campus, at the Welford Road Car Park.
Leicester is well connected with coaches between major cities in the UK. These enter and leave from St Margaret’s Coach station. You can connect to London from as little as £6 with special offers with National Express. You can also connect with the X7 between Leicester and Northampton.
The closest airport is East Midlands airport. The Skylink Bus Service to/from the airport runs 24-hours a day, running every 30 minutes during the day and every hour throughout the night, seven days a week. No need to prebook.
Birmingham International airport is much bigger and is only one hour on the train to Leicester. Check National Rail for train times.
A2B – 0116 340 5060
Victoria Cabs – 0116 270 6655
Swift Fox Cabs – 0116 262 8222
Limited travel subsidies (up to 50%) are available, for UKSEDS members and branch groups travelling more than 150 miles, and attending both days of the conference. If you think you are eligible, please fill in this form.
Preference will be given to those who can bring the most people for the least amount of money, so we recommend coaches, minibuses, or full cars since they are a much more efficient use of fuel. We also advise trying to work together with other UKSEDS branches, and investigate potential funding from your union.
Please ensure your application is in by 17th February.
Several local hotels are offering special rates until 18th February. There are twin and double rooms available that work out at around £30pppn when booked by groups/pairs. Visit goleicestershire.com/UKSEDS2014 for more details.