We’re returning to the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ this Wednesday to celebrate our ninth birthday Symposium – and for good reason!
As well as providing the backdrop to one of the most prestigious universities on the planet, Oxford is steeped in history, decked with incredible architecture and boasts over 1,500 listed buildings. Where better to host our birthday celebrations?
Here’s a quick look at the venues we’ll be frequenting across the two days…
Saïd Business School
We’ll be welcoming the gunnercooke family to Saïd Business School on Wednesday morning as we kick off proceedings with a nice spot of lunch.
The school doubles as a world-class venue space, equipped with excellent audio-visual facilities and super fast wifi coverage – perfect for all your posting / tweeting needs on the day! This is where we’ll be hosting all our keynotes, speakers and the panel session on day one.
Queen’s College, University of Oxford
Queen’s will provide accommodation for roughly half of our attendees this year, with the remaining half housed at New College.
Founded in 1341 in honour of Queen Philippa of Hainault (wife of King Edward III), Queen’s College is famed for its neoclassical architecture, which features buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor.
The front quadrangle, pictured above, is perhaps the most recognisable feature, immortalised in Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations as part of an A-Z stamp collection showcasing the UK’s most famous landmarks. Queen’s also boasts a rather impressive group of alumni, with notable former students including King Henry V, Rowan Atkinson and inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee. An interesting dinner party if ever there was one.
New College, University of Oxford
Located in the heart of the city, New College is actually one of the oldest colleges at Oxford, founded in 1379 by William of Wykeham. The main building is a spectacular example of Gothic architecture and home to the world-renowned New College choir.
The Garden Quadrangle (pictured above) blends perfectly with the famed medieval city wall and is said to have been modelled on the Palace of Versailles. The dining hall of the college is also one of its most impressive features and the ideal setting for an evening banquet!
Don’t forget, if you’ve got any last-minute questions ahead of this year’s Symposium then please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you on Wednesday!
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