How do I get to Aberystwyth University?
There are direct trains from Birmingham, Manchester, Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton to Aberystwyth. From the station, Penglais Campus is a 20 minute walk. There are lots of cabs available outside the station, and the ride should cost around £5.
If you are travelling by car and staying in campus accommodation, you can park at the accommodation block (Fferm Penglais) – collect a permit when you collect your accommodation keys. There is a shuttle bus between the accommodation and conference suite (or it is a 10 minute walk).
If you are not staying in campus accommodation and travelling to the campus by car, you need to get a car park permit from the main campus reception before you park. Campus reception is well signposted, and you can stop temporarily to collect the permit then find a parking spot.
Where is the Conference taking place?
Conference sessions will be held in either our Medrus Suites in Penbryn building where you will also find the TaMed Da restaurant or in Lecture theatres A12 and A14 in the Hugh Owen building, which is directly opposite Penbryn. Please see the marked map here.
Campus accommodation is in Fferm Penglais – marked on the map here.
I’ve heard it rains a lot there; will it rain?
The Welsh weather is a wonderful phenomenon which everyone should experience at least once in their life. We recommend you check the forecast before you travel and pack accordingly, but prepare yourself for a range of possibilities! The Met Office is the most reliable source of information. Note: temperatures are reported in Celsius not Fahrenheit, to save yourselves from having to do the maths you can change this in the settings.
What can I expect from the campus accommodation?
Everyone booked in to campus accommodation will receive an email with all the details about their accommodation a fortnight before the Conference. If you haven’t received this email by Tuesday 16 July please check it is not in your junk folder and if not, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am arriving on Monday, is there anything organised?
If you are arriving on staying in University accommodation you can sign up for one of two guided walks to familiarise you with the area and help you meet other attendees. The walks will begin from Y Sgubor and on into town via a tour through the University campus. The first walk will start at 6:00pm and the second walk at 7:00pm. The walk should take around 30 minutes. Once in town there are plenty of places to eat and drink. You can sign up for the walks at the same time you collect your accommodation keys. If you do not wish to sign up for a walk you can still connect with other delegates on the Monday evening and throughout the conference by using the conference hashtag.
What is the hashtag for the conference?
Where do I register and collect my badge and conference goodies?
Registration is open 8:00 am – 9:00 am on Tuesday 23rd and 8:30 am – 9:00 am on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th at the Conference desk located in Medrus 1 in Penbryn building.
We are trying to be as environmentally responsible as possible, so please bring your own bag to the conference. Don’t worry if you forget – we will have a few left over from last time to give away. You can collect conference swag, including a reusable water bottle, from the registration desk.
There will be Wi-Fi, right?
Of course. You can use Eduroam (if applicable – don’t forget to set it up at your home institution before coming to Aberystwyth) or the WiFi Guest network. Full details are on the App, in the Conference miniguide, and at the Registration desk.
How can I get the conference App?
To download the Conference App, go to the relevant app store for your phone’s operating system and search Aberystwyth University or ApAber. Use the dropdown menu at the top left to find the LibPMC info.
Do I sign up for a workshop in advance?
The in-programme workshops are limited to 25-30 participants, so if you want to attend during the parallel sessions you will need to sign up in advance at the Conference Desk. If you plan to attend the ‘Library Carpentry’ workshops, or the ‘Creating an Assessment Plan and Inventory’ you will need to bring a laptop with you (or find someone who has brought one to share with).
Where is the conference reception?
The conference reception will be held in the Old College on Tuesday 23 July, which is just past the Royal Pier. The entrance to the college is on the opposite side to the sea front. If you don’t fancy the walk, there will be a shuttlebus service to take you from the Campus to the Old College. Canapés and drinks will be provided from 7:00 pm and we have special guests to entertain you.
Canapés will not sustain me – where can I eat on Tuesday night?
There is a good range of places to eat and drink in Aberystwyth and the surrounding areas. Advanced bookings are recommended or alternatively there is always the option of Fish and Chips on the Prom.
Where is the conference dinner?
The three-course conference dinner will be in the main conference building from 7:00 pm on Wednesday 24th July. Table wine will be provided, but if you want something else, or to stay on after the dinner finishes, there will be a cash bar open until 11:00pm.
Is there a dress code?
There is no dress code for the conference sessions during the day. Most people dress smartly for the Dinner, but it is not compulsory – as long as you feel comfortable.
What if I need help during the conference?
The conference desk will be open during all breaks in the programme, and after the last session each day or you can ask a Board Member (red lanyards) for assistance. For local information you can ask an Aberystwyth-based delegate (yellow lanyards).
Is the conference accessible?
Aberystwyth University has partnered with AccessAble to provide detailed information about the accessibility of the campus, buildings and services:
All rooms used for conference presentations and workshops have hearing loops.
If you have a mobility impairment and would like to reserve a place at a specific time on the shuttle bus to the Conference Reception, please email us or mention it at the Registration Desk.
If you have any specific needs you would like us to be aware of, please contact us via email: email@example.com
How do I contact campus reception?
The reception centre on the main campus is open 24/7 and in case of emergency can be contacted on 019706 22649.