Keble College, Oxford

Our 2017 conference is at Keble College, built in the Victorian Gothic style in 1870, the college features towering spires and traditional lawns but unusually for Oxford was built of brick rather than the local golden stone. Keble is one of the largest colleges of the University of Oxford, with over 400 undergraduate and 250 graduate students every year. On arrival, after checking in at Porters Lodge, come to the Conference Desk in the Sloane Robinson Building for your delegate information packs.

Keble College accommodation is based on single room occupancy bedrooms with bathroom. Please note televisions are not provided in guest accommodation but wifi is available for all bedrooms.

There is a bar on campus which will be open until 11.00 each evening.

Breakfast and dinner will be served in Hall (excepting the Gala Dinner). Conference refreshment breaks and lunch will be served in the Arco Building at the exhibition area.

The Cambridge Conference in Oxford

In 2017, after many decades at Cambridge, we have moved our conference to Oxford. The name ‘Cambridge Conference’ has been used for so long that we have decided to keep it. That said, please ensure that you arrive at the correct city!

The historic city of Oxford is world renowned as a seat of learning. College and community blend within some of the loveliest architecture in England.

The city’s origins go back to the first settlement in the Bronze Age. The University was founded by King Alfred the Great in the Ninth Century AD. Colleges from many eras, in a profusion of architectural styles, are united by much use of the honey-coloured Oxfordshire stone.

While in Oxford you may have time to experience some of the sights and heritage of the city.

As part of the conference social programme you will visit the Natural History Museum and The Bodleian Library. The conference gala dinner will be held in Hall at Ballioll College.

Places of interest in Oxford

Places of interest in Oxford

  • The Natural History Museum Oxford was founded in 1860 as a centre for scientific study. It now holds the University’s significant collection of geological and zoological specimens, ranging from the Oxfordshire dinosaurs to a dodo and many more. The museum is housed within a neo-gothic building, similar in style to adjacent Keble College. There are thousands of specimens for visitors to see, each with its own unique significance to the evolution of the Earth. You will visit the museum for the Evening Welcome reception on Sunday 2 July.
  • The Pitt-Rivers Museum was founded in 1884 by General Pitt-Rivers, an influential figure in the development of archaeology during the 19th century, his substantial collection of 30,000 objects formed the basis of the museum, which has grown I size to over 250,000 items. The museum contains cultural and historical items from all nations and time periods and is organised by category rather than time period, allowing visitors to understand how different people adapted to the same problems.
  • The Ashmolean is Oxford University’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Its collection ranges from the Ancient Egyptians to the contemporary art of today. The collection is incredibly diverse with the earliest objects dating from 8000BC. The Ashmolean also holds the biggest collection of Chinese art in the western hemisphere.
  • Oxford Castle is over 1000 years old and lets visitors connect with the rich history of the castle and surrounding city. The Saxon St George’s Tower, one of the oldest buildings in Oxford, allows visitors to experience stunning 360 degree panoramic views. The castle is a vivid representation of Oxford’s history and progression through the centuries.
  • The Bodleian Library holds 12 million items, ranging from e-books to classic papyri and rare manuscripts. Visitors may browse through the extensive collection of works and borrow them for reading elsewhere. It is one of the oldest libraries in the world, open since 1602 and is attached to the University of Oxford. You will experience the special ambience of the Bodleian Library at the Monday Evening Social Reception.
  • University of Oxford Botanical Garden contains the most compact yet diverse collection of plants in the world and is the largest botanical garden in Britain. Housed in University grounds, the garden is open all year so visitors can enjoy the wide variety of plants through the seasons.
  • The Oxford Canal meanders through the delightfully picturesque Oxfordshire countryside, populated only by small, pretty villages. The canal runs from the centre of Oxford to the city of Coventry and the canal walk follows the towpath for 77 miles. On a sunny day, a gentle stroll through the meadows and countryside of Oxfordshire is a true exemplar of the beauty of the rural English landscape.

Delegate lounge and Internet café

The Delegate lounge will be open from 3pm on Sunday 2 July 2017. You can keep up to date with world affairs via the Internet or television news, or just sit back and relax.

Car parking

Keble College is in the middle of Oxford, so most attractions are within easy walking distance. There is no car parking on site, so delegates are asked not to bring vehicles with them if possible. Many residents use bicycles to get around, and these can be hired from the college during your stay with us. Park and Ride is available on the outskirts of Oxford, but there will be a charge to park a vehicle there.

Accommodation and refreshments

Keble College provides 245 single en-suite bedrooms. Sadly there are no phones or televisions in guest accommodation, although Wi-Fi is available.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments will be provided for delegates. The timing and location of refreshments will be published in the programme.

There is also a bar on campus, which will be open until 11pm each evening, serving a range of snacks. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

College rooms are suitable for single delegates. If you are bringing non-delegates or family members to Oxford, accommodation may be booked via Expedia.