DSA2020: New Leadership for Global Challenges
University of Birmingham, 17-19 June 2020
This page contains general information about how to get to the city of Birmingham, and details of how to navigate to the City and from the city centre to the Edgbaston campus.
The conference will take place at the University of Birmingham, all the events will take place on the campus, at the Medical School, which is conveniently located right next to the University train station. Registration, keynote plenaries, panels and the catering will all take place in the Medical School building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT
See the Google map of the campus and Birmingham below.
The University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham is a public research university located in Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom. It received its royal charter in 1900 as a successor to Queen's College, Birmingham (founded in 1825 as the Birmingham School of Medicine and Surgery) and Mason Science College (established in 1875 by Sir Josiah Mason), making it the first English civic or 'red brick' university to receive its own royal charter. The University is home to the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, housing works by Van Gogh, Picasso and Monet; the Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts; the Shakespeare Institute; the Cadbury Research Library, home to the Mingana Collection of Middle Eastern manuscripts; the Lapworth Museum of Geology; and the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower, which is a prominent landmark visible from many parts of the city. Academics and alumni of the university include former British Prime Ministers Neville Chamberlain and Stanley Baldwin, the British composer Sir Edward Elgar and eleven Nobel laureates.
Birmingham is a major city in the West Midlands, England. It is the second-largest city and metropolitan area in England and the United Kingdom, with roughly 1.1 million inhabitants. Located in the West Midlands county and region in England, approximately 100 miles (161 km) from Central London, Birmingham, as one of the United Kingdom's major cities, is considered to be the social, cultural, financial, and commercial centre of both the East and West Midlands. With multiple Industrial Revolution-era landmarks that speak to its 18th-century history as a manufacturing powerhouse, it’s also home to a network of canals, many of which radiate from Sherborne Wharf and are now lined with trendy cafes and bars.
Its six universities make it the largest centre of higher education in the country outside London. Birmingham's major cultural institutions – the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the Library of Birmingham and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts – enjoy international reputations, and the city has vibrant and influential grassroots art, music, literary and culinary scenes.
Getting to Birmingham
Most trains to Birmingham arrive at New Street Station. It is the largest and busiest of the three main railway stations in the Birmingham City Centre and the national hub of the CrossCountry network.
There are frequent train services from London Euston to Birmingham New Street (journey times vary between 1.5 to 2 hours). Off-peak return fares from around £30.
Manchester to Birmingham New Street (journey times vary between 1.5 to 2 hours). Off-peak return fare around £39.
Newcastle to Birmingham New Street (journey times 3 – 3.5 hours). Off-peak return fare around £119.
Edinburgh to Birmingham New Street (journey time 4.5 – 5 hours). Off-peak return fare around £127.
(Please note fares rise sharply and are much more expensive if not booked in advance.)
There are frequent and economical express coach services to Birmingham from London Victoria Coach Station, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, and many UK cities. Fares start at around £12 return.
London to Birmingham travel time around 2 hours 45 minutes, fares from £12.
Manchester to Birmingham travel time 3 hours 15 minutes, fares from £15.
Newcastle to Birmingham travel time around 6 hours 30 minutes, fares from £38.
The long-distance coach station is in Digbeth in the city centre, which is a short walk from New Street train station.
If travelling with luggage, the best option is to book and take a coach from the airport to Birmingham city centre.
Book your tickets via the National Express website.
Birmingham International Airport has direct flights from locations in the UK, as well as from the USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. However there are cheaper and more numerous options available flying into London Gatwick and London Heathrow with onward travel to Birmingham.
Air-Rail Link, which operates every two minutes (journey time 90 seconds), provides a free, fast connection between the airport terminals and Birmingham International railway station.
If you arrive into London Heathrow or Gatwick airports and have lots of luggage, the best option is to take a coach from the airport to Birmingham, as carrying luggage across London on public transport is quite tough as not everywhere has escalators or lifts. But if you would like to take the train instead of a bus, then read on below:
From Heathrow Airport. Either take the Heathrow Express train to Paddington Station, and then the Underground to London Euston Station, or alternatively the cheaper option is to take the underground all the way from the airport to London Euston. No need to pre-book underground trains but pre-booking the Heathrow Express is often cheaper than buying on the day at the airport.
From Gatwick Airport. Take the Gatwick Express to London Victoria or a cheaper option is to take any National Rail train stopping at London Victoria Station from the airport and then take the Underground to London Euston Station. You can also book trains via the Trainline website.
Approaching from the North West or South East along the M6.
Leave at Junction 6 (signposted Birmingham Central) to join the A38(M)
At the end of the motorway, keep to the right, go over a flyover, then through some underpasses to join the A38 Bristol Road
The University is on your right, two and a half miles from the city centre
Approaching from the M42 north:
Leave at Junction 8 to join the M6 northbound and follow the instructions above
Approaching from the South West:
Leave the M5 at Junction 4 signposted Birmingham SW) to join the A38
The University is approximately eight miles from the motorway
Approaching from the M40:
It is easier to turn south on the M42 and leave at Junction 1, heading north on the A38 Bristol Road. The University is approximately eight miles from the motorway.
Or alternatively just use your SatNav...;-)
Getting to the Campus
By Rail Transport
Up to six trains an hour depart from Birmingham New Street for the University on the cross-city line (ten minutes to University Station, final destination Longbridge, Redditch, or Bromsgrove.)
The centre of the main campus is a five-minute walk from University Station, turning left as you come out of the station. To get to the Medical School, turn right and it’s about a two-minute walk.
Birmingham International Airport railway station also has frequent services to Birmingham New Street Station (journey time around 15 minutes). The first train from New Street to the Campus leaves at 05.45, and the last train from the campus to New Street leaves at around 23.55.
Book tickets via Trainline or National Rail websites.
Numbers 61 and 63 travel from the Bus Mall, Moor Street Queensway, and from New Street Station, St Martin’s Queensway, to the Bristol Road, at the corner of Edgbaston Park Road. (Approximately a 15 minute walk to the Medical School) The services all run frequently from the city centre.
Online bus timetables for 61 and 63 are available on the, National Express West Midlands website
There is a travel information office outside New Street Railway Station, where you can obtain bus timetables and departure point information. Maps can be found throughout the city centre indicating bus stop locations. You can also access, Network West Midlands' Live Travel Map for current rail and bus information.
There are taxi ranks at New Street Station and throughout the city centre. The journey to the University takes about ten minutes, and costs roughly £10-£12.
A taxi from Birmingham airport to the University takes approximately half an hour, and costs around £40 to the centre.
Visitors to campus are requested to park in the pay and display car parks:
North East Multi Storey car park (access via Pritchatts Road) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2SA
Pritchatts Road Car Park (at the junction with Vincent Drive) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2QU
Pritchatts Park Village (Pritchatts Rd) Sat Nav B15 2QX
Up to 1 hour £2.50
1-3 hours £4.00
3-5 hours £5.50
5-8 hours £6.20
Up to 10 hours £7.00