Bristol Distinguished Address Series FAQs
Frequently asked questions about the Bristol Distinguished Address Series events.
- Entry information
- Getting to UWE Bristol
- At the event
- Podcasts and videos
- Contact the Events Team
I'm not a UWE Bristol student or staff member, can I attend?
What time do I arrive?
Will I have to queue?
Do you let in latecomers?
The Bristol Distinguished Address events are quite often fully booked, so we recommended arriving well in advance of the start time to avoid disappointment.
If there are spare seats in the room, then we will allow people in after the start of the event. If there are no spare seats in the room once the talk has started, late arrivals will be able to watch the talk from the live streaming room in the Business School, subject to no technical difficulties.
If the venue is full, can I stand at the back?
Can I bring a school group?
Can I save a seat for a friend?
If I have registered, is my place guaranteed?
Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis for those that have registered. Unfortunately, we know that not everyone who has registered will turn up, so to ensure we have a full house, we allow more registration than there are places. Please ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time of the lecture to avoid disappointment.
If you arrive late and the lecture theatre is full, you will be able to watch the talk from the live streaming room in the Business School, subject to no technical difficulties.
If the event is full and you have not registered and would still like to attend, you are welcome to come along to see if there are spaces available, however, a seat is not guaranteed.
Please be aware that you will have to wait until just before the event begins to allow us to see if there are any spare places. If the lecture theatre is full, you will be able to watch the talk from the live streaming room in the Business School, subject to no technical difficulties.
I can no longer attend. How do I cancel my place?
I am a member of the press, can I register for a press seat?
Can I bring a bag into the event?
If the event is advertised as 'no bags allowed', will there be a cloakroom?
For some high-profile events, for the safety of the speaker and the audience we are required to implement a no bag policy. If this is the case, we will make this clear to you via email in advance of the event. Small handbags may be allowed in at the discretion of UWE Bristol security staff, subject to a search.
A secure and monitored cloakroom facility is not provided, so please ensure you do not bring bags to the event if you are advised not to do so.
Getting to UWE Bristol
There are many great travel options to travel get to the University and Frenchay Campus is well served by buses from across the city and beyond. The Campus is less than one mile from both Bristol Parkway and Filton Abbeywood train stations, and our North Entrance bus stop links to the National Coach network.
- Bus and coach – Updates and other information about travelling to campus by public transport.
- Train – Information about rail travel to UWE Bristol and how to get to the local stations.
- Cycling - Details of cycle routes and facilities for cyclists.
- Driving – the University is easy to reach from most areas of the country, situated close to the M4 and M5 motorways. You will need to enter the campus via the North Entrance, the postcode to get you there is BS16 1ZG.
Yes, there is free parking at the Business School for these events – please see the Frenchay Campus map. You do not need a ticket or permit. If this car park is full, there is overflow parking at the Exhibition and Conference Centre, car park 22 or 23 on the map.
There is clear signage that will direct you to both car parks. You will need to enter the campus via the North Entrance to access these car parks. The postcode is BS16 1ZG.
Can I cycle to these events? Is there a bike park?
I am visiting from outside of Bristol, where can I stay?
At the event
Do you provide a cloakroom at the events?
What can I expect when I attend one of your events?
We advise people to arrive 30 minutes before the start time of the talk to allow time to register and take their seats. When you arrive teas and coffees are served and you can network with other guests. Guests start taking their seat 15 minutes before the start time of the talk.
The Bristol Distinguished Address talks are usually around one hour long. The main speaker will speak for 30-45 minutes, before we open up to questions from the audience. If you wish to ask a question, you will be asked to say your name and company first, please try to be concise and to the point so other members of the audience can get involved in the discussion.
Most of our events are recorded and made available as a podcast. Please be aware that if you ask any questions these are likely to feature in the podcast.
The talk is followed by networking and refreshments until 21:00.
How can I interact with others watching the event?
Is there free public Wi-Fi?
Yes, visitors can connect through 'The Cloud'. View instructions to connect to The Cloud.
Visitors from participating institutions, and staff and students from UWE Bristol, should connect to Eduroam where possible as this is available across the entire University. View set-up instructions.
Can I take photographs during the event?
You are welcome to take photos at the event for personal use (non-commercial purposes only) but please do not use flash photography as it can be distraction for both the speaker and the audience. Feel free to share them on Twitter using #BristolLectures.
Requests for photography and filming for wider publication and professional use must be made and agreed in advance.
Can I bring food and drink with me to the event?
Where can I go for a bite to eat before or after the event?
Teas and coffees are served for a short period before the talk. If you're looking for a light bite, we serve canapés during the networking time after the talk, from 19:30. Water, fruit juice and wine are also served during this time.
There are a range of catering outlets on campus. See the different venues and their opening times see cafes, bars and restaurants on campus.
We would recommend either The Students' Union at UWE bar or the Atrium in the Bristol Business School.
- The Students' Union at UWE bar – open until late
- The Atrium – Bristol Business School
I have an access requirement, who should I get in touch with about attending the event?
UWE Bristol aims to ensure, as much as possible, that all our public events are fully accessible. Early notice of access requirements is much appreciated.
I'm hard of hearing, is your event accessible?
Yes, the Business School lecture theatres are fitted with Infrared Assisted Listening Systems (similar to a hearing loop) and we have neck loop receivers available. Once seated in the lecture theatre, you will need to switch your hearing aid to the T position to connect to the neck loop receiver.
Please ask for a member of the Events Team when you arrive and they will be able to collect a neck loop receiver for you. It is recommended to sit nearer to the front for better sound quality. If you would like a reserved seat in one of the front rows please let us know.
I'm a wheelchair user, can I access your event?
I have a guide dog, am I able to attend?
Podcasts and videos
Are all events recorded as a podcast?
We aim to make all of the Bristol Distinguished Addresses available as a podcast subject to receiving permission from the speaker and subject to no technical difficulties. Podcasts are normally available the week following the event.
Please see previous Bristol Distinguished Address talks for media from past events. You will also be able to find exclusive interviews with the speakers on these pages.