Forum Lecture Theatre

The meeting will be held in the Centre for Professional Development, The Medical School, University of Birmingham, Vincent Drive, Edgbaston campus.

How to find us

Birmingham is at the heart of the UK’s road and rail network, and is easily accessible
from other parts of the country and beyond. The Centre for Professional Development is situated in the heart of the School of Medicine situated near to the West Gate of the University’s main campus at Edgbaston. Once you arrive in the main reception of Medical School follow the signs for the conference.

By motorway

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 three
    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

By rail

Most cross-country services to Birmingham arrive at New Street station. Up to six trains an hour depart for the University station on the cross-city line (final destination: Longbridge or Redditch). The Medical School is just a three minute walk away from the University station. Turn right as you leave the station and the Medical School is in front of you.

By air

Birmingham International Airport has direct flights from locations in the UK, as well as from the USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.

The journey by taxi from Birmingham International Airport to the University takes approximately half an hour and could cost between £20 and £30 (€25 and €38). Alternatively, Air-Rail Link provides a free, fast connection between the airport terminals and Birmingham International railway station. Air-Rail Link operates every two minutes (journey time 90 seconds). Birmingham International railway station has frequent services to New Street Station in the city centre (journey time around 15 minutes) costing approximately £3 (€4).

If you are arriving at London, there is a frequent train service from London Euston railway station to New Street Station (journey time around 1 hour 30 minutes).  This is the quickest route from London to Birmingham.  Visit National Rail for train times and ticket prices.

  • From Heathrow Airport. Take the Heathrow Express train to Paddington Station and then the Underground or a taxi to Euston Station. Alternatively, an Airbus runs from Heathrow Airport direct to Euston Station
  • From Gatwick Airport. Take the Airport Express train to Victoria Station and then the Underground or a taxi to Euston Station


By coach

There are frequent express coach services to Birmingham from London, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports and many UK cities. The long-distance coach station is in Digbeth in the City centre. The University is a short taxi ride or bus journey away.  Visit National Express Coaches for more details.

By bus

Numbers 61, 98, and 63 travel to the Bristol Road entrances to the University. The 99 serves the Medical School and Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Number 11 stops a short walk away at the bottom of Vincent Drive. Bus timetables are available on the National Express West Midlands website.


There are taxi ranks at New Street station and throughout the City centre. The journey from the City centre takes about ten minutes.

Car parking

The University has a ‘Pay and Display’ system operating on the Edgbaston campus and
visitors are advised to have change available. There are parking spaces available for visitors on the South Car Park (access via Edgbaston Park Road), North Car Park (access via Pritchatts Road) and Pritchatts Road Car Park (junction with Vincent Drive).

Visitor Parking rates:

  •  up to 1 hour £1.00
  • 1-3 hours £3.00
  • 3-5 hours £4.00
  • 5-8 hours £6.00

Please note that any vehicles found not displaying a valid University parking permit, a visitor's permit, a pay and displayticket or parked illegally will receive a penalty notice.