Travel Information

Timing and Venue

The Doctoral Summer School will take place at Bournemouth University on 4th-6th July 2018. The university has a range of contemporary venues which offer the latest teaching facilities, bespoke meeting areas, full service dining, lecture theatres, seminar rooms and technopods.




Student Costs

The registration fee is £110 (€127) per person for EMMA members and £160 (€185) per person for non-members. This covers: the summer school, 3 lunches, 2 coffee breaks per day and a Gala Dinner on the final evening.

In order to keep the summer school accommodation affordable, students will be able to take advantage of special rates at the centrally located 3* Ramada Hotel ( – which is currently £59 (€68) for B&B per person, per night. Alternatively, students can choose from a wide range of other local B&B accommodation, from around £30 (€35) per person, per night.

The registration fee does not cover travel to and from Bournemouth, nor accommodation. Each participant will be responsible for organizing their own arrangements.

About Bournemouth
Bournemouth, in the county of Dorset, is a long-established tourist destination. As Britain’s premier seaside holiday resort, Bournemouth attracts visitors from all over the UK and beyond. The town is situated between a World Heritage Site (Jurassic Coast) and an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ (Isle of Wight). With a population of just over 163,000, Bournemouth is large enough to have all the facilities of a big town, but small enough that you shouldn’t get lost.

The town also enjoys a reputation as a conference venue with major political parties, and international organisations in the public and private sectors. There are many restaurants, bars, bistros and cafés, several with fantastic views of the sea and surrounding countryside. Bournemouth also has over 200 English language schools with students coming from all over the world resulting in a cosmopolitan atmosphere.


Bournemouth is ideally located to explore the surrounding regions. Nearby (30-45mins drive by car) we have another world heritage site, Stonehenge, the 5000 year old monument. Winchester, the medieval capital of England and ancestral home of King Alfred the Great and more recently the home of romantic writer Jane Austen. Thomas Hardy, who wrote Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Far from the Madding Crowd, also lived in the local area.



Corfe Castle is located in the nearby Isle of Purbeck. In medieval times it was the Royal Castle of King John, but when The Civil War of the 1642 broke out, the castle was left in spectacular and much visited ruins. The New Forest, named by William the Conqueror more than nine centuries ago, is a National Park consisting of woodlands and rare heath land.



Adjoining Bournemouth to the west, is Christchurch. It has an attractive quay and spectacular 900-year-old Priory. Poole, which joins Bournemouth to the east, has spectacular beaches and a bustling quay.





Travelling to Bournemouth

There are several ways to travel to Bournemouth;

By Air
London airports: London Heathrow is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes by road from Bournemouth and Gatwick Airport is 2 hours 30 minutes away. Both airports are served by direct coach and rail services to Bournemouth.

Southampton International Airport: Southampton International Airport is approximately 35 minutes away by road and has a connecting rail station for travel between Southampton and Bournemouth. Southampton serves a number of European destinations including: Alicante, Amsterdam, Bergen, Berne, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Hannover, Malaga, Milan, Nantes, Nice, Paris, Portugal, Perpignan, Rennes, Salzburg, Stuttgart, Switzerland.

Bournemouth Airport: Bournemouth Airport is approximately 15 minutes away from the town by road and also serves a number of European destinations. Local taxis and regular buses serve the airport. The Bournemouth Airport Shuttle provides a link between the airport and Bournemouth’s Travel Interchange (5 minutes walk from the Summer School venue). The travel interchange area comprises a mainline railway station, a long distance coach station and several local bus stops.

By Coach
‘National Express’ provide frequent coach services to Bournemouth from many large cities. Journey by coach from London Heathrow Airport or Gatwick Airport to Bournemouth takes approximately 2 hours. Bournemouth coach station is situated next to the railway station and is only a 5 minute walk from the Summer School venue. This is the most convenient and cheapest way to travel to Bournemouth.

 By Rail
The nearest rail station to BU is ‘Bournemouth’. The journey by fast train from London takes approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. You can also take the train from London Heathrow Airport or Gatwick Airport to Bournemouth and these journeys take about 2.5 hours.

By Ferry
Brittany Ferries sails from 2 ports in France, Caen and Cherbourg, to Poole (20 minutes by road to Bournemouth) and Portsmouth (50 minutes by road to Bournemouth).