Swansea Theory Group Seminars

General information

Information for speakers

Talk preparation
Try to avoid bright green on white or multiple shades of grey in your slides, since these colours don’t show up well on the projector. If you do not plan to use your own notebook computer, please supply the slides in PDF format. MacBook users are reminded to bring the correct adapter to connect it to a standard DE-15 analogue VGA connector.

Finding the Department
The Physics Department is located on floors 4−6 of Vivian Tower (building 11.2 on the campus map) on Singleton Campus. Since there is no clear ‘reception’, try the postdoc office on level 5 first (room 517), opposite the gents’ toilet on the south-west side of the building. We will send you some information by e-mail shortly before you arrive with contact numbers, any additional information about accommodation (if necessary), etc.

Additional maps and information may be found here.

Travelling to Swansea

Air
Swansea’s nearest airport is Cardiff. A short bus service connects the terminal to Rhoose Cardiff International Airport railway station, from which trains to Bridgend and Cardiff Central (with connections to Swansea) depart on an hourly basis (see here for more information). Bristol Airport is further away; this airport is a short coach journey away from Bristol Temple Meads railway station.

London Heathrow is the most connected airport. The Heathrow Express can take you to London Paddington, and then on to Swansea by national rail (see below). Alternatively, the National Express operates a coach service that runs directly to Swansea. The journey takes around 4 hours, with departures every 2 hours.

Rail
Swansea is connected by an hourly service to London Paddington, with the shortest train journey taking around 3 hours overall. Swansea railway station is a 5−10 minute taxi ride away from Singleton Campus. Train schedules are available from National Rail Enquiries.

Road
We recommend visitors arriving by car who are unfamiliar with Swansea study the map. Swansea is just off westmost stretch of the M4 motorway. Going west-bound, exit at junction 42a and follow the A483 (Fabian Way). Follow the signs for Swansea city centre (and the university) on to the A4067 (Quay Parade, then Victoria Road, then Oystermouth Road), past the Swansea Museum. Continue for another 2 miles along the seafront. The Singleton Campus main entrance is on the right, at a traffic-light controlled junction just before a green foot-bridge. Post-code for sat-nav: SA2 8PP.

If you have a reserved parking space, take the right-hand lane before the entrance barrier. Turn right past the security building, and visitor parking is the first on the right after the zebra crossing. Note that this is a Pay-and-Display car park. Off-campus parking is available at the recreation ground located a few hundred metres east of the campus, at a cost of £2 per day. It is not directly accessible going west-bound, so turn right at the nearby traffic lights into Brynmill Lane and turn around at the mini-roundabout.