Practical information

Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University


De Montfort University is situated in Leicester and is renowned for cultivating strong relationships between 'town and gown'.  Originally founded as Leicester School of Art in 1869, the university has evolved through many incarnations and is formed from a diverse range of specialist organisations.  Named after Simon De Montfort, a crucial figure in medieval history who established the first parliament in 1265, DMU was awarded university status in 1992.  The DMU campus is renowned for its synergies with the urban landscape, and the blend of ancient and modern buildings.

The Conference is led by the Leicester Castle Business School and will be based in the school and the Hugh Aston Building (please see maps below). Leicester Castle Business School has been created by De Montfort University (DMU) to meet the needs of 21st century business. We do this by going beyond business as usual, offering a unique learning environment where students are encouraged to challenge convention and given the opportunities and tools to think, create and inspire.

Under the leadership of Professor Dana Brown, the school is based in the inspirational setting of the Great Hall of Leicester Castle, which has recently undergone a £4.2 million refurbishment programme.

We work with every student to define and refine a learning and career pathway that is right for you. We give you opportunities to stretch yourself, to learn, to practice and to prepare for a career in a global and vibrant world of business.

Students will enjoy a transformational experience, benefiting from:

Beyond business as usual also means critically evaluating the purpose of business in the world today. At Leicester Castle Business School, you will debate the very meaning of good business and managerial practices. We challenge our students to create solutions to complex problems and to find opportunity in the most unusual places.

DMU is a vibrant, multicultural hub of learning, creativity and innovation that never surrenders to convention.


How to find us


Travelling by air

There are 2 local airports:

East Midlands Airport -

Birmingham Airport

Leicester is readily accessible from all major airports and is just over one hour away from Central London by train.


Travelling by train

Leicester has direct transport links to London and both East Midlands and Birmingham airports.  For information on times and prices please visit:


Travelling by car

From Junction 21 of the M1, or the Leicester junction of the M69, take the A5460 to Leicester city centre.  Follow this road for approximately four miles.  Go straight through several sets of traffic lights and after passing under a railway bridge turn right into Upperton Road, following signs to the universities and the Royal Infirmary.  Take the first left at the roundabout into Western Boulevard.  For Campus Centre and main car park take the first right into Mill Lane.


From the north

Leave the M1 at Junction 22 and follow the A50 to Leicester (eight miles).  When you reach the city centre turn right into Vaughan Way (A594).

Keep in the right hand lane through the underpass.  After 200 metres, follow the road to the left into Newarke Street and keeping in the right hand lane, turn right into Welford Road.  At the second set of traffic lights turn right into Carlton Street.

Almost immediately turn right again into Oxford Street, moving into the left hand lane.  Take the next left into Bonners Lane continuing into Mill Lane.


Car Parking

The nearest car parking is located in the NCP car park next to the Holiday Inn.



How to get to DMU campus


For travel directions and information about public transport visit:  

For information about DMU's sustainable travel pledge visit DMU’s travel pages.

De Montfort University Campus Map


Where to eat?


Leicester has an excellent array of places to eat and drink.

The usual travel websites will provide all the information you may require.

During the Conference Tea/Coffee/Water will be served in the mornings on arrival and in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks. Lunch will be served each day.


On evening of May 23 – dinner will be served at the Gala Dinner.

(There is no evening meal on the evening of 24th May/end of conference)

Gala Dinner – May 23rd, 7pm.


The Gala Dinner will take place at The City Rooms in Central Leicester (10 minutes walk from the Conference Venue) - 


Culture and the City

For up to date information about events and things to do please access the Visit Leicester web page