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Monday, October 17, 2011

Best in class in Scotland - Academic venues


Be inspired in seats of learning, both contemporary and historic, in some of Scotland’s finest academic venues.

Here is just a taster of what Scotland has to offer.


University of St Andrews, New School of Medicine


The University of St Andrews may be the third oldest in the English speaking world but its conferencing facilities at the New School of Medicine are decidedly state of the art. Having opened in July 2011, it offers an exciting mix of innovative design, flexible meeting spaces and the finest in Scottish hospitality.

The main auditorium at the New School of Medicine boasts tiered seating for 300 delegates with disabled access. A large exhibition space, two further meeting rooms and 12 smaller break out rooms provide flexibility while the bright modern atrium and courtyard terrace are the perfect setting for conference refreshments and informal networking events.

During summer, the University can also offer more than 1000 en-suite bedrooms situated near to the historic centre of St Andrews, the world famous golf courses and its stunning beaches.

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University of Dundee, West Park Conference Centre


The West Park Conference Centre at the University of Dundee is a purpose built venue set in extensive grounds and situated only a short distance from acres of unspoilt countryside. Recognised as one of the top venues in Tayside, West Park is the ideal residential base from which to host your business convention, academic conference, corporate weekend or team building programme. The impressive Sidlaw auditorium is complemented by a stunning Victorian mansion and over 200 campus style en-suite bedrooms.

Aside from its fantastic hospitality, West Park is known for its team building days and incentive programmes. The in-house events team can organise a number of exciting packages including sailing, quad biking and white water rafting which will ensure delegates remember your event for years to come.

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University of Aberdeen


The new library at the University of Aberdeen opened earlier this month and adds another top-class venue to the city’s growing portfolio of conference facilities. The flagship project of the second phase of the University’s Sixth Century Campaign has been conceived by architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen as a cube evoking the ice and light of the north. The new building has a sharp, modern design, and a striking interior of sweeping contours around an asymmetrical atrium which rises diagonally from the public ground floor through the floors above.

For those who prefer a more historic setting, the stately Elphinstone Hall, adjacent to Kings College, can accommodate up to 400 theatre style or 250 for formal dining. Alternatively, the Linklater Rooms provide an intimate environment and feature a collection of paintings by Scottish artists.

Meanwhile, Aberdeen’s close proximity to the countryside and abundance of award winning parks, and riverside walks provide ample opportunity for delegates to get away from it all during their free time.

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University of Glasgow


Few visitors to the University of Glasgow could fail to be inspired by the sheer number of great thinkers who have shared its leafy campus over the years. John Logie Baird, James Watt and the ‘father of economics’ Adam Smith are just a handful of the distinguished alumni who have made their mark on the world.

This reputation for innovation and academic excellence has contributed in no small part to the University’s popularity as a conference venue.  The institution’s Conference & Visitor Services Office was formed in 1988 and is well known for staging and supporting outstanding events. It boasts one of the most impressive and flexible venue portfolios in the UK ensuring that event organisers are spoilt for choice. From beautiful wood panelled rooms to grand Victorian halls and cutting edge lecture theatres there is something for every occasion.

One of the University’s stand-out venues is the recently refurbished Hunterian Art Gallery which can host up to 200 delegates for a reception. This inspirational setting features, among others, the works of Whistler, Rembrandt and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

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University of Edinburgh, John McIntyre Conference Centre


A firm favourite on the conference circuit, the University of Edinburgh recently revamped and extended the facilities at the John McIntyre Centre, its flagship conference venue. The extension includes the new Pentland conference suite, capable of seating up to 350, with four breakout rooms accommodating up to 250 delegates, two boardrooms and Centro, a flexible lounge area. Relaxing with a refreshment on the open-air terrace, delegates will be astounded by the view of Edinburgh’s most famous landmark, Arthur’s seat.

The John McIntyre Conference Centre is situated at the heart of the newly landscaped and pedestrianised residential campus at Pollock Halls. Existing facilities comprise over 30 rooms for meetings and events including Salisbury Green, an 18th-century mansion-house hotel. During vacation periods, conference organisers have access to around 2000 additional bedrooms.

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