4th International Materials Education Symposium
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- Travel to Cambridge by public transport
- Accommodation and Symposium Venue: Murray Edwards College
- Short Courses Venue: Cambridge University Engineering and Department
- Dinner Venues: St. John's College and Magdalene College
- London Stansted Airport This is the closest major airport, about 25 miles from Cambridge (40 minutes by car). It is well served by airlines flying from European destinations. For flight information try the BAA Stansted website or contact the airlines directly (budget airlines easyJet and Ryanair operate direct flights to Stansted from many European airports). From Stansted, Cambridge is within easy reach:
- Rail The services to Cambridge from Stansted are operated by Central Trains and run approximately each hour and take about 30 minutes. The station is part of the terminal at Stansted. The service operates seven days a week, the first train departing at 05:27 Monday to Friday. The last direct train to Cambridge departs at 20:20 Monday to Friday. The times of trains between Stansted Airport and Cambridge can be found from the National Rail web site.
- Coach The Coach services to Cambridge run once per hour, and take about 50 minutes. Tickets can be purchased from the coach ticket desk in the arrivals area of the terminal or on the coach. Please note that delays are common because of heavy traffic in and around Cambridge. The Cambridge coach station is close to the city centre and 20 minutes walk to the Engineering Dept. and there is an adjacent taxi rank. Long-distance coach services are run by National Express. Stagecoach Cambus runs services in Cambridge.
- Car Transfer Local taxi services are listed here.
- From London There are regular train connections to Cambridge from London. Trains depart from Kings Cross (or Liverpool Street) station in London. The journey time of the faster Kings Cross trains (Cambridge Cruiser trains) is about 45 minutes, while the other trains are slower and take around 70 minutes, or longer. Details of the London transport buses and tube
Our main location (for accommodation and the Symposium)is:
Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge
The main entrance to Murray Edwards College is located on Buckingham Road, which is just off the main Huntingdon Road, to the north west of Cambridge City Centre.
Please note, Murray Edwards College was previously known as "New Hall" and will still be referred to by this name in some guides and local signage.
From the rail station: Cambridge rail station is about 2 miles (3.2km) from the College—a 10-15 minute taxi-ride (although it may take longer at peak periods). For bus connections, take a bus to the city centre and connect to the Citi 5 or Citi 6 services.
From the bus station: Cambridge bus station is about 1.1 miles (1.75km) from the College, or a 5-10 minutes taxi-ride in clear traffic. You could also use the Citi 5 and Citi 6 buses, which pass by the college along Huntingdon Road.
Driving: Follow the driving instructions at the link provided above. On-site parking at Murray Edwards College is available to Symposium attendees on a first-come, first-served basis (we are confident that there will be enough space for all attendees that need to park, but cannot guarantee this). You may use the car park overnight if you are staying in the college. Please note, the car park is private and relatively secure, but parking is at your own risk.
To access the car park:
From the car park, follow the signs through the college to the Porter's Lodge.
On arrival, report to the Porter's Lodge at the main entrance.
The short courses will take place at:
Department of Engineering,
Please report to Reception on arrival at the Department
Access by public transport or on foot from the City Centre
The Department is on the corner of Trumpington Street and Fen Causeway, a five minute walk from the city centre via Trumpington Street, or Silver Street via a footpath along the river. The closest bus stops to the department are the Uni 4 bus stop on Trumpington Street, and the 18 and 18a bus stop on Fen Causeway.
From the rail station:
- On foot: a twenty minute walk (up Hills Road, along Lensfield Road, and into Trumpington Street).
- Taxi: a five - ten minute taxi-ride (although it may take longer at peak periods).
- Bus: a fifteen minute journey time, combining bus and foot. The bus take you as far as the corner of Hills Road and Lensfield Road. Walk along Lensfield Road and onto Trumpington Street to find the Department.
From the bus station (Drummer Street):
- On foot: a fifteen minute walk. Walk along Emmanuel Street, cross to Downing Street (which becomes Pembroke Street), then turn left and walk down Trumpington Street to the Department.
- Taxi: a five minute taxi ride.
- Bus: a five minute bus ride. Take the citi 4 to Trumpington Street.
From Murray Edwards:
- On foot: a 25 minute walk. Walk down the hill (Castle Street) and turn onto St. John's Street to enter the city center. You will pass several historic colleges including St. John's, Trinity, Kings, and Pembroke on route to Trumpington Street and the Department.
- Taxi: a ten minute taxi ride (in clear traffic) Further maps and directions can be found on the Engineering Department website.
Visitors to the Department are encouraged to travel by train or bus. Parking on site is very limited and is only possible by prior arrangement. The department have advised us that cars parked on site without prior permission will be wheel-clamped. However, on street metered parking may be available on parts of Trumpington Street and Trumpington Road. Whenever possible, it is best to use the 'Park & Ride' sites instead of bringing your car into the city centre.
The dinners will be held in two of Cambridge's historic colleges, both a short walk for Murray Edwards College.
Thursday's Symposium Dinner will be held in St. John's College, founded in 1511 at the bequest of the late Lady Margaret Beaufort mother of King Henry VII, who had died in 1509. As one of the oldest and largest colleges in Cambridge, former students include famous business and political leaders, as well as renowned scientists and artists. The Hall, pictured, is a magnificent, 16th century building with a hammerbeam roof and fine old linen-fold panelling. Find out more about the history »
If you would like tickets to this dinner, please ensure you check the appropriate boxes on the registration form. (£45 per person)
Presenters are invited to join the Presenters' Dinner on Wednesday evening, held in Magdalene College (customarily pronounced 'Maudlyn'). The college is located in the centre of Cambridge, beside the Magdalene bridge on the River Cam. In 1428, King Henry VI approved the establishment of a hostel on the site for Benedictine monks coming from their abbey monasteries in the Fenland to study Canon Law at the University. Today, the College has some 320 undergraduates, nearly 180 graduate students and around 60 Fellows and other teaching officers.
The dinner will be held in the Hall, a beautiful 16th century dining room which was originally the monastic refectory. We will dine by candlelight below the stunning stained glass windows and the Heraldic arms of Queen Anne.
Please ensure you check the appropriate boxes on the registration form if you are a presenter and wish to attend this dinner.
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