DSA2019: Opening up Development
The Open University, Milton Keynes, 19-21 June
This page contains general information about how to get to the city of Milton Keynes, and details of how to navigate to the city and find the Open University buildings.
Please look at our helpful travel summary PDF in the final days to help you reach the conference venue.
The conference takes place in various buildings of the Open University, at the Walton Hall campus, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK. We are using the following buildings:
- Berrill building - Registration, Plenaries, NomadIT office
- Library - Panels, Catering & Book Exhibit
- Jenny Lee Building (JLB) - Panels, Catering, Book Exhibit & Drinks reception
- Juniper/Medlar - Catering, Book Exhibit, DSA Student Booth, Social event
- The Hub - Plenaries (video relay - no filming location), Social event
- The Lawn - Social event, Drinks reception
- Christodoulo Meeting Rooms (CMR) - Panels
- Pentz - Panels
- Venables - Panels
- Jim Burrows - Panels
The plenaries will take place at Berrill Lecture Theatre and the Hub Theatre. If you do not wish to be filmed as part of the audience during the plenaries, please make sure you watch from the Hub Theatre, as there will be filming of the plenaries in Berrill Theatre. Registration will take place in the Berrill building Foyer. Catering will be spread across 3 venues: the Library Foyer, Nexus in the Jenny Lee Building, the Hub Theatre & Juniper/ Medlar rooms. Please ensure you move to a different venue if queues appear long in one of the catering spaces or if food/drinks appear to be running out, there will be more in other places..
The Open University
The conference will take place at the Open University, all the events will take place on the campus, with the Berrill building as the registration and help-desk centre. The Open University is celebrating 50 years of opening up education for all, so do check out some of its highlights and unique characteristics while you are there. The Open University is a distance-learning institution with only postgraduates resident on campus.
Milton Keynes (MK)
Milton Keynes was formally designated a new town in 1967, one of several new towns to be created to relieve housing congestion in London. It was intentionally designed to be equidistant from London, Birmingham, Leicester, Oxford and Cambridge. The goal was for a city to be developed for 250,000 people and to be self-sustaining. Everything from its road networks to buildings to green spaces were carefully designed and integrated.
You can explore the town during your visit to take in the distinctive modernist architecture and to visit some of the several museums, galleries and sculptures, as well as the many green spaces that make up 25% of the total area.
Getting to Milton Keynes
By Train: The University is about four miles from Milton Keynes Central Station, on the London (Euston) to Birmingham Line. Milton Keynes Central is an Intercity stop. Trains are frequent:
By Bus: There are coach services from major UK cities to Milton Keynes. From London (1.5h, tickets from £5), from Birmingham (ca 2h, tickets from £17), from Oxford (1.5h, tickets from £9), from Cambridge (2h, tickets from £9). You can book tickets at National Express and Stagecoach.
By Air: You can get to The Open University from any of the local airports. Luton is the nearest one (24 miles around 40 minutes) yet not with many flight options.There is a bus service from the airport to the city, route 99, leaving from bus station at bay 6 (ticket starting from £7). More information here.
By Road: If using Sat Nav please enter the postcode for Open University MK7 6AA or Milton Keynes Central MK9 1BB.
From London or Birmingham to Milton Keynes is about a 1.5h drive. More information how to arrive by car here.
Getting to the Open University
Unfortunately, we do not have any University accommodation for delegates, as the Open University (OU) does not have a large local student population. We have provided a list of accommodation options for delegates, which can be found here. Please proceed to book your own accommodation. Obviously, one can also search AirBnb, Booking.com and other such accommodation sites for other options in Milton Keynes.
There will be transport (minibuses) to ferry delegates between Milton Keynes Central train station and the OU campus (in both directions) on all days during the conference. Buses will operate between 0910- 2050 (Wed); 0800-2250 (Thurs); 0800-1700 (Fri). Look out for minibuses with a sign saying "OU Minibus" in the window. They will be parked in the drop-off area outside the station. There will be back to back journeys at peak times (so that the wait at the train station should be no more than 20 minutes) and less frequent journeys off-peak. Unfortunately the minibuses are not suitable for those requiring disabled access. We can help organise travel requirements for anyone with special access needs.
If the minibuses are not convenient, then taxis are available that cost around £8 per journey between OU and the centre of Milton Keynes. Share a taxi with some other delegates and the journey will be very affordable!
If you want further information on reaching the Open University campus, please see their travel page.
Main reception and registration is located in the Berrill Building. There is parking on campus in various car parks. This operates on a first come first served basis and is free.
There will not be parking available in front of the Berrill building, except for any delegates with mobility issues. If you have mobility issues and will be coming by car, please contact the conference organisers at conference(at)devstud.org.uk and we can organise a parking space for you.
Downloadable campus map (PDF)