Conference Venue and Travel Details
The conference will be hosted at the ICMA Centre at our Whiteknights Campus. Delegates should note the venue is located in Reading, and NOT in Henley-upon-Thames. The conference venue is located 2 kilometres from the Reading town centre. It is easily accessible by car and public transport. For suggestions on hotel accommodation, please see the accommodation list.
Conference Venue Address
University of Reading,
Reading Berkshire RG6 6UD
Click here to download the Whiteknights Campus map.
The conference venue is located within a 2 kilometres walk from the Reading railway station and the hotels situated in the heart of the town centre . The venue is easily accessible by car and public transport.
Travel by air
Reading is well connected to Heathrow and Gatwick Airport.
We recommend you do not fly to Luton or Stansted airport, as it takes more than 2 hours to travel to Reading.
How to get to Reading from London Heathrow
A direct bus service runs between Heathrow airport and Reading station. Buses run every 30 minutes, during the day, and take about 40 minutes. For more information, please visit the RailAir website. RailAir buses are the most cost-effective way to get to Reading from Heathrow. Alternatively, there are Heathrow Express buses running to London Paddington, in Central London. Travel by train from Paddington to Reading takes about 30 min. It is not recommended to take a cab from Heathrow to Reading as it is likely to be costly.
How to get to Reading from Gatwick
A direct train service runs between Gatwick airport and Reading station. Trains run once an hour, during the day. and take about 75 minutes. For more information please visit the National Rail website.
Travel by train
Reading train station is a mainline train station and is easily accessible from most other places in the UK. There are direct rail links from many major cities, including Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff, Bristol, and Exeter.
Travelling from London
If you are travelling from or via London, the quickest route to take is from London Paddington station. Trains from London Paddington to Reading run approximately every 15-20 minutes throughout the day and the average journey time is around 30 minutes. Find out more at the National Rail website.
Travel by car
The Whiteknights Campus of Reading University is approximately 1.5-mile from the M4. Please enter the University via the Shinfield Road entrance, drive ahead and then take the first turning on the left. Continue towards car park number 2 (see the map of Whiteknights Campus). The Sat Nav is RG6 6UR.
All visitors to our campuses on Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm should be aware that parking needs to be pre-arranged and that a parking permit must be displayed. Please contact the Conference Administrator - Jana Oslejova to arrange your car park permit.
Complimentary Bus Transportation
There will be limited complementary bus transportation between Reading town centre and the Henley Business School. These are privately hired Reading Buses, and they are marked with the conference logo. You do not have to pay to use these buses, but they have limited frequency. Details are overleaf:
Note that the pick-up point at Reading Station is next to the RailAir Bus stand (the bus stop is labelled ‘EJ’). There are also regularly scheduled buses from this spot, which travel to and from the University (details below), so do not get on the wrong bus!
Friday 5 April
8:15 - 8:20: Pick-up from the Penta Hotel and drop-off at Henley Business School
8:25 - 8:30: Pick-up from the Reading Station (EJ Bus Stop) and drop-off at Henley Business School
Free bus vouchers will be available if you have missed the conference bus from Penta Hotel or the Station. We will have student delegates to hand the bus vouchers on Friday in Penta Hotel and at the Reading station. This voucher will be only valid for bus number 21 and 21a. Please refer to the timetable provided below.
18:00 - 18:15: Pick-up from Henley Business School and going to Greenlands Campus for GALA Dinner, Henley on Thames
21:30 - 21:45: Departure from Greenlands Campus and drop off, 1st stop University of Reading and 2nd Stop Penta hotel
Saturday 6 April
8:25 - 8:30: Pick-up from the Penta Hotel and drop-off at Henley Business School
8:35 - 8:40: Pick-up from the Reading Station (EJ Bus Stop) and drop-off at Henley Business School
We have not arranged for buses at the end of the conference. Free bus vouchers will be available from the reception desk on Saturday. These will enable you to take the ‘regular’ Reading Town buses from the bus stop on Chancellors Way towards the town centre. Simply present the voucher to the bus driver in lieu of payment. You can also make your own taxi booking from the Henley Business School Reception.
Delegates wishing to use taxi services may find the following numbers useful.
+44 (0) 118 932 1321
+44 (0) 118 966 0660
Delegates who will need a taxi following the closure of the conference on Saturday 8th April, will be kindly requested to fill in a form which will be available at the Reception desk in the Henley Business School building.
How to get to the University by bus from Reading town
The 21 and 21a buses run from Reading train station in the town centre, bus stop EJ, next to the RailAir bus stop, to our Whiteknights campus at regular intervals, 24 hours a day. Please note,Bus number 9 stops at the Shinfield Road, by the entrance to the University, but it does not stop on Campus.
Buses run every 10-15 minutes. Journey time is 15 minutes. Tickets cost £2.00 (day £4.00). Bus drivers do not give change so exact money is needed. Further information on travelling to the University by bus can be found here. Also to find your bus stop in town, please see the central Reading bus stop map.
This map shows how to walk to the Henley Business School building from the bus stop on Campus.
ABOUT READING TOWN
Welcome to Reading, a place of business and innovation, a spot with cultural attractions and a town with potential.
Located in the South-East of England, Reading is a dynamic town, known for its University, over 800 listed buildings and monuments, two national trails and the rivers of Kennet and Thames. Thanks to its pivotal location in the Thames Valley, one of the fastest growing economic regions, Reading is a home to some of the world’s most famous businesses including information technology and financial services such as Microsoft, Prudential, Ericsson and others.
Reading can offer its visitors a diverse and welcoming atmosphere, a great time to unwind, appealing attractions including high-quality shopping experience, tourist places of interest, great nightlife spots and an array of choices of both fine dining as well as less formal restaurants. In Reading one can enjoy a variety of cuisines for avid foodies. And all of it at a walking distance. Visit your Reading guide to find out your night out choices, a list of restaurants of different eating styles from around the world and other attractions the town can proffer.
Reading town is served by regular rail services from locations throughout the UK. London Paddington is only 30 min by train. The railway station underwent a major transformation and redevelopment which opened a new way of investments. Reading is one of the best-connected towns in the UK. By 2019, thanks to the extension of the cross rail line, it will have a direct line into London employment and business centres such as the West End, The City and Canary Wharf in under an hour. It is an ambitious town, striving to be a smart and sustainable city by 2050. For more information on the Reading UK 2050 project please visit the website.
For a useful pocket map of Reading town, please click here.