Travel, Accommodation, and Accessibility

British Studies in a Broken World takes place over three days from 5-7 July. All panels will be held in the Arts Building and all plenaries in the Education Building on the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston Campus, conveniently located close to University station.


University station is one or two stops (approx. 7 minutes) from Birmingham New Street, and trains run approximately every 12 minutes. At University, turn left out of the station and the Arts Building is a 5-10 minute walk downhill across campus. Head towards the clock tower and the Arts Building is ahead and to the left.

We’re also very easy to reach by bus from Birmingham city centre. Please see the University of Birmingham’s travel directions and maps for more information on how to find us.

Copyright by Brian Clift via Wikimedia Commons

You’ll see this as you come out the station – walk past it! (Copyright by Brian Clift via Wikimedia Commons)


For overnight stays, there are a few low- and mid-budget options nearby. .

– VenueBirmingham (the University of Birmingham’s own accommodation), very close to the conference venue.

– Birmingham Central Backpackers, in the city centre (10-15 minutes walk from Birmingham New Street).

There are also a number of branches of Travelodge and Premier Inn in the city centre, short walking distances from Birmingham New Street.


All the panels will be held in the Arts Building; in small lecture rooms lining corridors on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors. These corridors are accessible by lift from the Arts main lobby. Plenary sessions will be in the Vaughn Jeffries Lecture Theatre in the Education Building. The Education Building is a 5 minute walk from the Arts building (R19 and R16 on the campus map). The most direct route involves an uphill slope and then 7 or 8 steps down, but an alternative, level route is available by going along University Road East and turning left down Ring Road North.  The entrance to the Education Building is down 3 steps and there is a ramp. The Vaughn Jeffries Lecture Theatre is accessible from the ground floor, and also from the 1st floor, via a lift.

There are toilets on most corridors in the Arts Building. The ones nearest the panel rooms are located on corridors perpendicular to the panel corridors. There are accessible toilets on the ground floor, down the corridor to the right of the main lobby. In the Education Building there are accessible toilets on the first floor next to the lift.

The entrance to the Arts Building has 3 steps and there is also a ramp. The building itself is a 5-10 minute walk across campus from University train station. It is downhill from the station. There are steps built into the hill, but ramps run alongside. There are cobble stones near the station around the base of the statue of Faraday (pictured) but a flat path runs round them leading to the ramp side of the steps down into the centre of campus. The train station has lifts up from the platforms.

This information addresses mobility. Our plenary speakers will be equipped with microphones to make hearing easier in the Vaughn Jeffries Lecture Theatre. If you have any hearing or visual needs, please get in touch. You can email Chris on with any questions or suggestions regarding accessibility.

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