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How to get to Birmingham?


Birmingham is incredibly easy to reach. Right in the centre of England, it’s well-connected by road, rail and air.


Courtesy of Visit Birmingham 

By rail

There are three city centre rail stations providing fast and frequent connections to both local and national destinations.

New Street Station is at the hub of the National Rail network with fast and frequent services to London’s Euston station and many other major towns and cities across the UK. Services to London Marylebone are served Moor Street (next to the Bull Ring) and Snow Hill (in the Colmore Business District). All 3 stations are well served by bus or parking facilities.

Birmingham International station sits right alongside the airport and National Exhibition Centre; providing a ten-minute direct link to the city centre for air passengers.

By road

All roads lead to Birmingham – well almost. It’s certainly an easy place to drive to no matter where you’re coming from. Set at the heart of the UK motorway network, it’s linked by the M5M6M40 and M42 while the A34 and A38 further add to your options and the M1 is less than 30 minutes away. The M6 Toll Road adds another choice (while also helping to keep through traffic away from city centre at peak times).

Once here, there are 25,000 city centre parking spaces within easy reach. Click here to plan your journey to Birmingham

By coach

As Birmingham is so well connected by road, it’s easy to reach by coach and there are a wide range of services calling at Digbeth Coach Station, just a few minutes from the city centre. For example, National Express links Birmingham to 500 locations in Europe and 1,200 destinations in Mainland Britain. There’s also an hourly-service to and from London Victoria station and great links to airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, East Midlands, Stansted and Luton.


By air

Birmingham Airport welcomes more than 50 airlines from over 100 destinations. It’s home to plenty of low cost carriers so there are great money-saving deals to grab. Or for business users looking for more comfort – long or short haul – you’ll also find lots of choice to suit your schedule.

Located next to the M42 motorway and main line rail network it couldn’t be better connected.


How to get to the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus?


The University benefits from excellent public transport links providing access to numerous destinations up and down the UK for staff, students and visitors.




The University is the only UK university to have its own railway station on campus, known as ‘University Station’. The Station is a real asset to the University, making travel by train a convenient option for many.

University Station is only two stops from Birmingham New Street where staff, students and visitors can catch trains to locations all across the country. The journey between the University and Birmingham New Street takes approximately eight minutes. For all timetable information visit National Rail Enquiries.


There are approximately eight local bus services directly serving the University per hour. Numbers 61, X62, 63 and X64 travel to the University’s Edgbaston and Selly Oak campuses via the Bristol Road, while the 636 serves the Medical School and Queen Elizabeth Hospital. 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. For more information on these services visit the National Express West Midlands website.

Here you can Download the Edgbaston Campus Map.


For the most up to date information about travelling to the University and for comprehensive directions, please visit the University’s directions pages which contain detailed directions, maps and information concerning roadworks around the campus.


Conference Accommodation

The conference accommodation will be in the Vale Student Village, set in the beautiful surroundings of lakeside parkland and only +/- 15 mins walk from the campus. We have a number of ensuite bedrooms available in Chamberlain, the University’s newest accommodation located at the entrance of the Vale overlooking the lake.

Check-in and breakfast will be based in Shackleton, a few minutes walk away from the main accommodation.

For a virtual tour of the conference accommodation please follow this link:

The conference accommodation, including breakfast will cost £50.

Here you can Download a map of the Vale Village.






The University of Birmingham has a wide selection of food and drink establishments on campus.

Out of term time some of these will have limited opening hours, all of the delegate packs will contain detailed information on place, hours of operations and specific dietary requirements.

For more information:


The conference will host two dinners. These will provide our delegates with excellent networking opportunities in a relaxed environment.


On the first day of the conference (11 September 2018) after the keynote address we will host a BBQ at walking distance from the conference accommodation.

The menu will include vegetarian options and will be halal friendly.

The BBQ will cost £15.

Conference dinner (12 September 2018) 

The conference dinner will involve a 3 course  menu at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

During the dinner we will recognise and celebrate outstanding scholarship and contributions to the study of Africa with the Audrey Richards Prize for best doctoral thesis in African Studies successfully examined in a British institution of higher education during 2016-2017. The Fage and Oliver monograph prize for best scholarly monograph on Africa published (or translated into English) and distributed in the United Kingdom. The Distinguished Africanist Award for an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the field of African studies.

The conference dinner will cost £35.

Please note that registration for both dinner options will close on 22 July 2018 and will not be able to be booked on the day.  


We have a limited number of spaces available in the Elms day nursery (0-5y) at walking distance from the conference.

For more information on pricing and availability, please contact

For more information about the facilities, please visit

If you are looking for childcare for older children, please register your interest via the ASAUK inbox