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The Conference will be held over three days at the Essex Business School at the University of Essex, Colchester campus.

Further information on how to get here can be found on the University website, and you can view the location on Google Maps.

This map shows the campus, the location of the conference, car parks, bus stops and accommodation. The conference venues will be signposted on campus.

By car:

  • Colchester is just off the A12. From London and south Essex, take the Colchester (A133) exit. From Ipswich, take the Colchester (A1232) exit. Please follow roadside signage to our Colchester Campus, which is to the east of Colchester off the A133.
  • The postcode for your sat nav is CO4 3SQ.
  • Please print the parking permit and display in your car

By train:

  • If you are travelling by train be aware that there are three train stations in Colchester: Colchester Town, Colchester Hythe and Colchester North.
  • If you want to travel by bus or taxi from the Station to the University, you need to depart at Colchester North.
  • If you want to walk to the University from the Station (20/30 minutes) you should depart at Colchester Hythe.

If you have any questions about your travel, please contact events@understandingsociety.ac.uk

More about the Colchester area


For this year’s conference, there are three accommodation options:

Option one: University Accommodation

You can stay in one of the university’s students’ flats. This accommodation is booked via the conference booking form when you register as a delegate, at a cost of £45 per night bed and breakfast.

Option two: Wivenhoe House Hotel

If you wish to stay in the which is a ten minute walk from the conference venue, please contact Jay James who will help you with your booking (jhemker@essex.ac.uk). Please note that we strongly recommend booking early and we cannot guarantee availability.

Option three:

Book into a local hotel. The town centre is 2.5 miles from the . Accommodation options in Colchester:

Other options in Wivenhoe:

Costs and charges

Conference costs:

  • The daily delegate rate is £50 per day (this includes morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch)
  • The rate for attending all three days of the conference is £99
  • The drinks reception on Tuesday 11th July is included within the conference registration fee
  • The conference dinner on Wednesday 12th costs £30
  • If you wish to stay in university accommodation (an en-suite student flat), the rate is £45 per night, bed and breakfast
  • Other accommodation is available at a higher cost (see “accommodation”)

I am a student, do I still have to pay?

If you are a student who has had their abstract accepted as a presentation, then your conference fee will be reimbursed after the conference has finished (providing you attend as planned). You still have to pay for your accommodation, and for the conference dinner. This will be explained online when you register. If you are attending the conference as a delegate (and not presenting), the conference fee still applies.

Are there any additional food and drink costs?

Morning refreshments, lunch and afternoon refreshments will be available throughout the three days of the conference, at no extra charge. For evening meals, the drinks reception on Tuesday 21st July from 6pm is included in the conference fee. However, the conference dinner on Wednesday 22nd July from 6.30pm has an additional £30.00 fee (and can be booked when you register for the conference). Food and drink can also be purchased in the campus outlets.

Presenter guidance

What are the deadlines for presenters?

All final abstracts need to be emailed to Victoria Nolan by 5pm on Friday 12th May. All presenters also need to register by 12th May.

I am submitting a final abstract, what else do I need to know?

You need to register by 12th May and follow the guidelines sent to you by email. For any other questions, please contact the Project Manager, Victoria Nolan

I’m using audio-visual equipment, what do I need to bring?

Please bring your presentation slides (if you are using them) with you in PowerPoint on a USB memory stick. Each presentation session will be supported by a member of the Conference organising team – please hand your memory stick to the support staff in the break preceding your presentation session, and they will load it onto the computer.

Specialist training courses

This year, the team is offering two pre-conference workshops. For all training events, please see the full list.

  • Monday 10th July: Training course: Using weights and sample design indicators in Understanding Society – why, when and how?
  • Monday 10th July: Workshop Cross-national comparative research on migration using longitudinal studies (Understanding Society and SOEP)


If you are presenting and need to cancel, please contact Victoria Nolan as soon as possible, as the programme may need to be adjusted. If you have registered as a delegate and you are unable to attend, please let Louise Smith at HG3 Events know asap.



During the conference we provide you with guest accounts which will also give you the chance to go online (via Laptop/ Tablet or Mobile). You can also use your Eduroam account by using your email address and password.