25 - 27 March - United Kingdom
spring university conference
Coming from outside of the UK:
We recommend flying into one of the London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, and City are the closest) and then taking a train from St. Pancras to Ashford International where Grosvenor Hall is located.
You could also take a taxi/Uber if you are coming as a group from the airport directly to Grosvenor Hall as it can sometimes work out to be the same price or less expensive, per person.
If you take the train to Ashford International train station, you can either take a bus or a taxi, or one of the conference shuttles (we’ll email you before the conference about signing up for the shuttle).
For those who are fully vaccinated, travel to the UK is now fairly straightforward. You can find all the relevant travel requirements on this UK government website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-anothsr-country-during-corosavirus-covid-1s
If you are flying into the UK, please review the requirements from your airline, the country you presently live in, and the UK, before traveling to ensure that you meet all the requirements for international travel.
Coming from within the UK:
If coming from Dublin or Belfast, you can fly into London.
If coming from Glasgow or Edinburgh, you can fly into London or drive down.
We recommend you either drive or take the train to Ashford International if you are coming from any other part of the UK. If you want a shuttle from Ashford International to the venue, you can either email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or wait for the email we send out with the shuttle registration form.
If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to reach out to us
“At that time two men will be in the field; one is taken and one is left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one is taken and one is left.”
– Matt. 24:40-41
The university conference is being carried out at a time with few government restrictions but still with active transmission of the Covid-19 virus, so we need to adopt certain measures to protect all those attending the conference and also those we will contact upon returning from the conference. While we are doing our best to mitigate the risk, anyone who joins the conference must be aware of the possible risk to their health as a result of being with a large group of people over a weekend while the Covid-19 case rate remains high.
We require that you take a lateral flow test within 24 hours before your arrival to Grosvenor Hall. Please register your result with the NHS. If you can’t register the result with the NHS because you are traveling from overseas, then please bring proof of the result of a test you have taken before travelling or upon your arrival at the airport in England. If you arrive at Grosvenor Hall without proof of a negative test result within the last 24 hours, you will be asked to take a test and await the result before being allowed to join the conference. Simply put, no negative result, no conference.
If you develop any coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature, new and persistent cough, or a loss of/change in your sense of taste or smell) or become seriously unwell before you leave for the conference, please do not come to the conference as we will have to send you back home at your own expense.
If you are asked to self-isolate due to contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, we ask that you also not attend the conference.
In the event that you cannot attend the conference due to developing coronavirus symptoms, or because you have become seriously unwell, or because you have been asked to self-isolate due to contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, please contact the registration team as soon as possible at email@example.com so that we can update our records. We cannot guarantee it, but we will also do our best to issue you a full refund.
When you arrive, you can check in using the NHS App or use the check-in system that we provide. We will securely store and then delete all information provided for this purpose after 21 days.
During the Conference
You are welcome to wear a mask at any time, according to your personal comfort level. We encourage everyone to practice washing hands and sanitizing frequently.
We will work the venue to ensure that, as much as possible, we have our corporate gatherings in large, well-ventilated spaces, with socially-distance seating.
If someone displays Covid-19 symptoms or begins to feel unwell while at the conference, they will be helped to relocate to a designated space until they can take a lateral flow test. Should they test positive for Covid-19, we will ask them to stay in the designated location until arrangements can be made for them to travel safely home.
“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him”
– 1 John 2:15
more conference info
General Conference Schedule
A more detailed schedule will be provided closer to the time of the conference. Here is a brief sketch:
- Registration opens at 4:30 PM on Friday afternoon, 25 March;
- Dinner starts on Friday at 5:30 PM, lasting until 7:30 PM; ( If you need us to save dinner for you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The first session of the conference begins at 7:30 PM on Friday;
- The final session of the conference will conclude at 12:30 PM on Sunday, 27 March, after a group photo; a packed lunch will be provided.
Linen is provided by the venue, except for a towel.
Everyone must bring their own towel.
Please let us know on the registration form concerning any dietary restrictions you may have.
What to Bring
- Clothing appropriate for the meetings of the conference, bearing in mind it will be the end of March;
- Recreational clothes and footwear you can get dirty as the weather is hard to predict;
- An umbrella;
- A Bible (if you have one);
- Pen/pencil or some means of taking notes
- Don’t forget your towel.