Bicon 2005 will be held at: University College Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester WR2 6AJ. [Streetmap] [Multimap] [Google map]
The city of Worcester is located approximately 25 miles south west of Birmingham, with University College being situated on a single, compact site 1 mile to the north west of the city centre.
BiCon reception, together with all meeting rooms, is situated within the central administration building. Level floors & lifts provide full access throughout.
Social space for evening entertainment is located in the Students’ Union building, approximately 2 minutes walk away. Although the bar will not be open at lunchtimes, "Café Connections" in the main block will be open for an hour each lunchtime for collection of pre booked packed lunches and ad hoc purchases of coffee & other snacks.
All overnight accommodation is in student residences, located 2-3 minutes walk from meeting rooms & social space. These comprise self contained flats with 4 or 6 bedrooms sharing shower, w.c., bath (3 separate rooms). Bed linen & towels are provided. The kitchen is equipped with fridge/freezer, cooker, cooking utensils, cutlery & crockery. A limited number of ground floor and fully wheelchair accessible rooms are available.
An abundance of green spaces between the buildings gives the site a pleasant atmosphere, with accessible pathways and drop-kerbs provided throughout.
As usual at BiCon, only self catering facilities are provided as part of the inclusive price. However, breakfasts & packed lunches will available if booked in advance. Specific dietary requirements e.g. gluten free, vegan, will be catered for. See booking form for details.
University College Worcester has a no smoking policy throughout college buildings. We will also be operating a no smoking policy in the Students’ Union during evening ents.
Facilities On Site
Cashpoint machines are located in the Students’ Union and Dining Hall lobby. A charge of £1.75 per transaction is made.
There are neither telephones nor phone sockets in individual bedrooms. However, payphones are provided in a few locations though they appear to be quite expensive!
BiCon attendees will be able to obtain free passwords and access to the University computer network either by logging in to one of the terminals in the Computer centre (open 24 hrs) or via the local WiFi network. Note that the wireless network does NOT extend to the accommodation blocks!
The University Creche will be open daily for exclusive use by children of BiCon attendees. We have allocated a limited number of places which will be available free of charge on a first come, first served basis. See booking form for details.
Bicon attendees are eligible to purchase a short-term membership to the well equipped gym. Basketball hall & table tennis facilities are also available in the sports centre. There is no swimming pool on site.
Note: The university has been unable to confirm, as yet, whether the gym will be open over the whole of the bank holiday weekend…
We have yet to confirm whether the Laundrette will be open during BiCon.
If you are not staying on-site, there are numerous guest houses and hotels in the city of Worcester. There are also two local caravan/camping sites. See theLocal Information page for details.
More specific information on the campus is available at the University College Worcester website: www.worc.ac.uk .