This page aims to provide helpful arrival information for delegates. If you have any questions about the conference, please get in touch via email at

The Conference Venue

The SLSA conference is taking place across three buildings on the University of York Heslington East Campus (all next to each other). The main conference building is the Ron Cooke Hub – this is where you’ll find the registration desk, exhibitors, coffee/lunch and is the place to go if you get lost!

A short 3 minute tour of the main conferences spaces is available here. As modern buildings, all spaces are accessible for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility:

The Heslington East campus is a good 45/50 walk from the centre of York, so we’d recommend looking at the travel arrangements for getting up to us. The easiest way is to get the number 66 or 67 bus – this runs through the city centre, picking up at the train station, Merchantgate and The Barbican. A single is £2.20 (or a day ticket £3.20) and you can pay by card via contactless on the bus.

For peak times, we’ve also organized some additional coaches to run from the centre of York to the campus. A few York Pullman coaches will be at the The Barbican for 8:30am on Thursday and Friday morning. Once they’ve  dropped off the first batch of delegates, they will then return for another swoop (at about 9:00am).

For those travelling by car, you can see the campus east car parks on the University map here (in Zones 8 & 9). – they are all pay-and-display.


We have an exciting line-up of speakers, symposia and posters and will be providing additional information to presenters separately. The programme is available online but is now password protected – please check your email for password information. A basic outline of sessions can be found here.

You can download a sneak peek of the hard copy SLSA programme here.

Hybrid Arrangements

For those attending online, access is being provided over Zoom using links in the conference programme. Each room has hybrid provision – both for presenters and for attendees.

For a brief explanation (around 5 minutes) of how this is going to work in practice, please see the video below. We will be providing more detailed instructions for session chairs and presenters ahead of the conference (particularly on how to share your screen on Zoom and how to manage the Q&A part of sessions):

On Arrival

When arriving for registration at SLSA 2022, please make your way to the Ron Cooke Hub, where you will need to register with a member of the team at the Registration Desk. The Registration Desk at the conference will be staffed throughout the conference at the below times:

Wednesday: 9:00-16:00.

Thursday: 8:30-16:00.

Friday: 8:30-14:00.

Once you have registered you will receive your lanyard and badge. Please note that a luggage store will be available. Please be aware that you must wear your lanyard at all times to access the conference sessions and the catering, including the Conference Dinner.

Face coverings and other COVID-19 arrangements

The University of York is keeping in place a range of protective measures, including:

  • Continuing to support enhanced ventilation – this is true of all conference rooms.
  • Keeping hand sanitizers at key access points on campus.
  • Recommending that people continue to wear a face covering in crowded indoor spaces.

The University of York recommendation is that people continue to wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet when rates of transmission are high. With this in mind, we would strongly encourage delegates to wear a face covering when inside the conference venues. We would also encourage delegates to take a lateral flow test ahead of the event if they are able to do so – as above, all delegates have immediate access to the virtual sessions if needed.

Photography and Filming

Photographs and filming will take place at the conference, which may be used in SLSA 2022 promotional material.

Internet Access

WIFI is available throughout the University of York through City Connect (online registration required at first use) or through Eduroam.
Please note that you can only access Eduroam if you have an existing login.

First Aid / Emergency

If you require First Aid while at the conference, please go to the Conference Registration Desk. In case of an emergency, please contact the University of York security services, on 01904 32 4444.

Water Bottles

We are environmentally conscious and wanting to reduce our use of plastic. Therefore, we will not be providing delegates with water bottles. We ask that all delegates please bring your own water bottle with you, as there will be water coolers at the University where you will be able to refill your bottle.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our Exhibitors. We encourage you all to visit each exhibition stand in the Ron Cooke Hub and see the interesting information that they have to share with you.

If you have any other queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The SLSA York 2022 Conference Team

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