The conference venue is the Teaching and Learning Building on the University of Birmingham Edgbaston Campus. The campus map is available here and the conference venue is building R33.

The Edgbaston Campus is the central campus of the University of Birmingham, and is where the majority of academic and administrative departments are located.  The clock tower at the centre of the campus (known as Old Joe, after Joseph Chamberlain) is your reference point if you get lost. Aim for the tower and the Teaching and Learning Building is just a two-minute walk from it. More detail can be found here.

Citizens of many countries do not need a visa to visit the UK for tourism, business or short (up to 6 months) stays. Full details can be found on the UK Government website.

If you require an invitation letter to apply for a visa, please email Ms Joanne Cox at j.s.cox@bham.ac.uk (with "GWPAW2024 visa letter" in the subject), and provide your name (as shown on your passport), date of brith, nationality and dates of visit.

Getting to Birmingham
Many major and low-cost airlines have regular flights to Birmingham International Airport (BHX). Make sure you are booking your flight to BHX (Birmingham, UK) and not to BHM (Birmingham, Alabama). The airport is about 10 miles from the city centre and the Edgbaston Campus. A taxi from the airport to the city centre or the Edgbaston Campus costs about £35 and takes about 30 minutes in low traffic conditions (it can take over an hour during rush hour). 

There are frequent trains form the Birmingham International Airport train station (Birmingham International) to the main train station in the city centre (Birmingham New Street), and the journey takes about 10 minutes. There are also frequent trains from Birmingham New Street to the train station on the Edgbaston Campus (University), with a journey time of 7 minutes.

Many train services connect from Birmingham New Street or the adjacent (about 5 min walk) train station (Birmingham Moore Street) to London and other main cities in the UK. See the National Rail website for more information.

London airports (Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, Luton) as well as several other airports north of Birmingham (such as Manchester and East Midlands) are 2-3 hours from Birmingham depending on method of travel.

If you hire a car, please be advised that Birmingham has a clean air zone and there are charges for some vehicles to drive through the city centre. You can check whether your vehicle is subject to charges on the UK government clean air zone website. The Edgbaston campus is outside the clear air zone. Information concerning parking on campus is available here.


We have reserved a large number of rooms (single and double occupancy) at the Edgbaston Park Hotel located on the University campus and a short five minute walk from the conference venue. There are three accomodation packages. For all three, earliest check in is on Monday, 27 May and latest check out is on Saturday, 1 June 2024. 

Accomodation Package Option One: Bed & breakfast single occupancy, £500.
Accomodation Package Option Two: Bed & breakfast double occupancy, £550 (shared double bed).
Accomodation Package Option Three: Bed & breakfast double occupancy £550 (two single beds).

Prices of each package are set but check in and out can be on any date during week commencing Monday 27 May through to Saturday 1 June 2024. Booking is through the dedicated link below:

There are also many hotels in the city centre.

Getting Around

The Edgbaston Campus is about a 45 minute walk from the city centre (you can also walk along one the many canals). There are frequent train and bus services between the University campus and the city centre. Tickets don't need to be purchased in advance to travel on buses. You can pay with contactless debit/credit card when you get on the bus (coins, but not notes, are also accepted; no change is given). Train tickets can be purchased in the train stations or on the web. There are many taxi companies that operate 24/7.

More information is available at visit Birmingham and the West Midlands