Conference Venue

Blavatnik School of Government

Designed to support the school's mission of inspiring and promoting better government around the world, the Blavatnik School of Government's award winning building provides a purpose built home for a vibrant academic community.  International live-streaming is an everyday part of the Blavatnik's work and its AV facilities are second to none.

The building is a stunning addition to the Oxford skyline and offers a complete contrast to the historic buildings, such as the Radcliffe Camera and Sheldonian Theatre.

The Blavatnik School of Government aims to be as energy efficient and sustainable as it possibly can be which sits alongside the aim of this year's conference.


Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG

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Getting Here

Travel to Oxford

London Heathrow & Gatwick Airport to Oxford

Visitors arriving at either London Heathrow or London Gatwick can take the Airline coach service directly to Oxford.  The service runs 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Journey times from Heathrow’s central bus station to Oxford Gloucester Green is 90 minutes, and from Heathrow Terminal 5 to Oxford Gloucester Green is 80 minutes.

The journey time from Gatwick to Oxford Gloucester Green is 2 to 2.5 hours.

Birmingham Airport to Oxford
Birmingham Airport is adjacent to Birmingham International railway station.  There is a direct hourly train service to Oxford, with a journey time of 1 hour.  Train times and fares can be found from National Rail Enquires.

London to Oxford
There is good coach service and a good train service between central London and Oxford.  Typically the coach is cheaper, and the train is faster.

The coaches are the Oxford Tube and the X90.

From Oxford Station
There is good bus service (city 5) from Oxford Railway station to central Oxford and the High Street/Queens Lane bus stop.  Taxis are also available from the station. 

Taxi/Chauffeur Car Companies

Driving in Central Oxford is not simple, and is not recommended.  Many roads in the centre ban cars, and routes from one side of the city to the other are circuitous.  

Parking in Oxford is limited and expensive, we recommend using public transport or the Park and Ride service where possible. 

Things to do

Oxford and the surrounding area has a lot to offer visitors. From the ancient University of Oxford to rolling hills of the Cotswolds there us so much for you to explore. For further information about the city please visit