Frequently asked questions

Popular questions about the Bristol Distinguished Address Series events.

Entry information

How much do your events cost?

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series is free to attend, but pre-registration is required. We advise registering in advance as these events are often fully booked.

I'm not a UWE Bristol student or staff member, can I attend?

Yes, the Bristol Distinguished Address Series is open to all. The audience is often a mix of the local community and business professionals and UWE Bristol staff, students and alumni.

Do I need to register to attend?

Yes, registration is required to attend the Distinguished Address events. Registration generally opens four weeks before each event. You can find more details about registering on the individual event page. We advise registering when registration opens as these events are often fully booked. Visit the Bristol Distinguished Address Series for upcoming events.

What time do I arrive?

We suggest arriving 30 minutes before the event is scheduled to start to allow enough time to sign in and get a seat. There will be refreshments served before the event. People start taking their seats around 15 minutes before the start time.

Will I have to queue?

These events can have up to 300 people trying to sign in within 15-20 minutes so it is possible that you will have to queue, but only for a short time.

Do you let in latecomers?

The Bristol Distinguished Address events are quite often fully booked, so we recommended arriving well in advance of the start time to avoid disappointment.

If there are spare seats in the room, then we will allow people in after the start of the event. If there are no spare seats in the room once the talk has started, late arrivals will be able to watch the talk from the live streaming room in the Business School, subject to no technical difficulties.

If the venue is full, can I stand at the back?

Unfortunately, we cannot exceed the seating capacity of the venue for health and safety and fire safety reasons. If all seats in the venue are full, you will be able to watch the lecture from the live streaming room in the Business School, subject to no technical difficulties.

Can I bring a school group?

Yes, this is possible. However, all students would need to register for the event in the normal way.

Can I save a seat for a friend?

Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis, so if the lecture theatre fills before your friend arrives it will not be possible to save them a seat. If you are waiting for a friend, we ask that you wait outside the lecture theatre and then take your seats together.

If I have registered, is my place guaranteed?

Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis for those that have registered. Unfortunately, we know that not everyone who has registered will turn up, so to ensure we have a full house, we allow more registration than there are places. Please ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time of the lecture to avoid disappointment.

If you arrive late and the lecture theatre is full, you will be able to watch the talk from the live streaming room in the Business School, subject to no technical difficulties.

If event is fully booked, can I still attend?

If the event is full and you have not registered and would still like to attend, you are welcome to come along to see if there are spaces available, however, a seat is not guaranteed.

Please be aware that you will have to wait until just before the event begins to allow us to see if there are any spare places. If the lecture theatre is full, you will be able to watch the talk from the live streaming room in the Business School, subject to no technical difficulties.


I can no longer attend. How do I cancel my place?

Please email to let us know you can longer attend. If you are interested in listening back to the talk, we will record it and make it available as a podcast (subject to no technical difficulties) the week after the event. See Previous BDAS talks for podcasts from past events.


I am a member of the press, can I register for a press seat?

Yes, we are able to reserve seats if you are a member of the press. Please contact the Media Relations office if you would like to request a media seat. Or if you have a media query about this event, please email


Can I bring a bag into the event?

Unless stated otherwise, audience members are allowed to bring bags into events, but UWE Bristol reserves the right search bags as a condition of entry to its venue.

If the event is advertised as 'no bags allowed', will there be a cloakroom?

For some high-profile events, for the safety of the speaker and the audience we are required to implement a no-bag policy. If this is the case, we will make this clear to you via email in advance of the event. Small handbags may be allowed in at the discretion of UWE Bristol security staff, subject to a search.

A secure and monitored cloakroom facility is not provided, so please ensure you do not bring bags to the event if you are advised not to do so.

Getting to UWE Bristol

Where is the event taking place?

Generally, all of the Bristol Distinguished Address events will take place in the Bristol Business School on UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus. However, please refer to the individual event web page for the exact location of the event. If travelling to the Business School, please enter the campus through the North Entrance, using BS16 1ZG for your sat nav.

What is the easiest way to get to UWE Bristol?

There are many great travel options to travel get to the University and Frenchay Campus is well served by buses from across the city and beyond. The Campus is less than one mile from both Bristol Parkway and Filton Abbeywood train stations, and our North Entrance bus stop links to the National Coach network.

  • Bus and coach – Get updates and other information about travelling to campus by public transport.
  • Train – View information about rail travel to UWE Bristol and how to get to the local stations.
  • Cycling – See details of cycle routes and facilities for cyclists.
  • Driving – The University is easy to reach from most areas of the country, situated close to the M4 and M5 motorways. You will need to enter the campus via the North Entrance, the postcode to get you there is BS16 1ZG.

Is there parking at the event?

Yes, there is free parking at the Business School for these events – please see the Frenchay Campus map. You do not need a ticket or permit. If this car park is full, there is overflow parking at the Exhibition and Conference Centre, car park 22 or 23 on the map.

There is clear signage that will direct you to both car parks. You will need to enter the campus via the North Entrance to access these car parks. The postcode is BS16 1ZG.

Can I cycle to these events? Is there a bike park?

Yes, you can cycle to the events. Please see Frenchay Campus cycle routes on Google Maps to help assist you plan your cycle. The Frenchay Campus area map shows locations of cycle parking, lockers, showers and drying areas.

I am visiting from outside of Bristol, where can I stay?

There are many hotels close to UWE Bristol. One we would suggest is Holiday Inn Filton. View more information about accommodation in Bristol.

At the event

Do you provide a cloakroom at the events?

There is a coat rail available for you to hang your coats, although this is not secure or monitored so all belongings are left at your own risk. We may implement a no-bag policy if it is a high-profile event, otherwise you're welcome to take your bag into the lecture theatre if it will fit easily under a chair.

What can I expect when I attend one of your events?

We advise people to arrive 30 minutes before the start time of the talk to allow time to register and take their seats. When you arrive teas and coffees are served and you can network with other guests. Guests start taking their seat 15 minutes before the start time of the talk.

The Bristol Distinguished Address talks are usually around one hour long. The main speaker will speak for 30-45 minutes, before we open up to questions from the audience. If you wish to ask a question, you will be asked to say your name and company first, so please try to be concise and to the point so other members of the audience can get involved in the discussion.

Most of our events are recorded and made available as a podcast. Please be aware that if you ask any questions these are likely to feature in the podcast.

The talk is followed by networking and refreshments until 21:00.

How can I interact with others watching the event?

If you are a Twitter user, you can tweet during the event using the twitter hashtag #BristolLectures. Follow @UWEevents for regular updates on the series and tweets during the event.

Is there free public Wi-Fi?

Yes, visitors can connect through 'The Cloud'. View instructions to connect to The Cloud.

Visitors from participating institutions, and staff and students from UWE Bristol, should connect to Eduroam where possible as this is available across the entire University. View set-up instructions.

Can I take photographs during the event?

You are welcome to take photos at the event for personal use (non-commercial purposes only) but please do not use flash photography as it can be distraction for both the speaker and the audience. Feel free to share them on Twitter using #BristolLectures.

Requests for photography and filming for wider publication and professional use must be made and agreed in advance.

Can I bring food and drink with me to the event?

Unfortunately no food or drink, with the exception of bottled water, is allowed in the Business School lecture theatres. Please enjoy the refreshments before and after the talk in the Atrium area during networking sessions.

Where can I go for a bite to eat before or after the event?

Teas and coffees are served for a short period before the talk. If you're looking for a light bite, we serve canapés during the networking time after the talk, from 19:30. Water, fruit juice and wine are also served during this time.

There are a range of catering outlets on campus. See the different venues and their opening times see cafes, bars and restaurants on campus. 

We would recommend either The Students' Union at UWE bar or the Atrium in the Bristol Business School.

The Students' Union at UWE bar – open until late.
The Atrium – Bristol Business School.


I have an access requirement, who should I get in touch with about attending the event?

If you are planning to attend this event and have any access requirements or would like details on venue accessibility, please email the Events Team at or ring us on +44(0)117 32 84517.

UWE Bristol aims to ensure, as much as possible, that all our public events are fully accessible. Early notice of access requirements is much appreciated.

I'm hard of hearing, is your event accessible?

Yes, the Business School lecture theatres are fitted with Infrared Assisted Listening Systems (similar to a hearing loop) and we have neck loop receivers available. Once seated in the lecture theatre, you will need to switch your hearing aid to the T position to connect to the neck loop receiver.

Please ask for a member of the Events Team when you arrive and they will be able to collect a neck loop receiver for you. It is recommended to sit nearer to the front for better sound quality. If you would like a reserved seat in one of the front rows please let us know.

I'm a wheelchair user, can I access your event?

Yes, the Business School and lecture theatre is fully accessible. There are wheelchair accessible toilets and 12 accessible parking bays directly out the front of the Bristol Business School. See the map for further information.

I have a guide dog, am I able to attend?

Yes, please email the Events Team at or ring us on +44(0)117 32 84517 in advance of the event to discuss your requirements.

Podcasts and videos

Are all events recorded as a podcast?

We aim to make all of the Bristol Distinguished Addresses available as a podcast subject to receiving permission from the speaker and subject to no technical difficulties. Podcasts are normally available the week following the event.

Please see previous BDAS talks for media from past events. You will also be able to find exclusive interviews with the speakers on these pages.

Contact the Events Team

How can I find out about upcoming events?

You can sign up to the marketing list to hear about upcoming Bristol Distinguished Address Series event by emailing We would need your consent to process your personal information in accordance with our privacy policy (PDF). If you have signed up to one of the Bristol Distinguished Addresses you will automatically be signed up to hear about future events in the series.

I have a query which you haven’t answered above, who can I contact?

You can email us at or call +44(0)117 32 84517. If you think there is an important question missing please let us know so we can add it in and try help as many people as possible.