ipa2018@business-school.ed.ac.uk John McIntyre Conference Centre and South Hall Complex 11-13 July 2018

Venue & Accommodation

John McIntyre Conference Centre and South Hall Complex
Pollock Halls Campus
18 Holyrood Park Road
EH16 5AY
Scotland, UK

Conference venue

The IPA conference will take place in the John McIntyre Conference Centre and South Hall Complex, Pollock Halls Campus, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh. The Pollock Halls Campus is operated by the University of Edinburgh and boasts excellent conference facilities in an attractive location.

The campus is situated next to Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park – Edinburgh’s largest green space – but within walking distance of the city centre. The co-location of venue and accommodation will enhance the traditional collegiate atmosphere of the conference and ensure that conversations will continue long after the formal sessions have finished.


Edinburgh is a very popular tourist destination and hotel capacity is limited over the summer months. Conference delegates are therefore encouraged to book early to secure a booking at their preferred hotel.

We are reserving rooms for conference delegates at preferential rates at student accommodation and hotels within walking distance of the main conference venue. Student accommodation can be booked during the online registration process.

Alternatively, we have reserved rooms with a number of city centre hotels, bookable though this free online service

Credit card details are required to make a booking and confirmation will be sent to your email address. Payment should be made directly with the accommodation provider at the time of your stay.

Travel and tours


We look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh, the inspiring capital of Scotland and a multi award-winning city with a strong reputation as one of the most attractive destinations in the world, with an ideal mix of culture, shopping, dining, music, heritage and leisure activities.

Our vibrant capital is steeped in history; seamlessly blending an architecturally stunning backdrop with modern developments. You may want to extend your stay to explore the atmospheric streets of the Old Town and the elegant Georgian architecture of the New Town; to visit famous historic sites such as Edinburgh Castle or the Palace of Holyroodhouse; to browse in wonderful museums, art galleries and shops; and to relax in some of the city’s excellent restaurants, bars and cafés.

This is Edinburgh is a hub of all the best things to do, see and enjoy in the city. You’ll find great days out and get the inside details on the best little-known places waiting to be discovered.

Edinburgh is also the gateway to the Scottish Highlands, so this is a perfect opportunity for you to extend your visit and discover Scotland. Explore beautiful and inspiring views of ancient landscapes with a fascinating history. Witness the amazing wildlife and take part in some thrilling outdoor pursuits. Explore the many mountains and glens, the stunning islands and stretches of coastline and follow the country’s only Malt Whisky Trail.

More information on Edinburgh can be found on Visit Scotland

Travel to Edinburgh

Edinburgh boasts an international airport with flights from North America and many European and UK destinations. Taxi, tram and bus links connect the airport to the city centre with a journey time of 25-30 minutes.


Edinburgh stations are linked to all the UK's major cities and airports. A high-speed link from London takes just over four hours.


Fares vary according to the time of day and traffic, but a typical fare from the airport to the School would be £25 with a journey time of 25-30 minutes.


Lothian Buses run many routes from across the city to the central campus. A single ticket costs £1.70 and a day ticket is £4.00.

Local Tours and Sightseeing

Take a tour from Edinburgh and combine the magic of city with the majesty of the Highlands, Borders and islands of Scotland. Rabbie's award-winning small-group tours take care of details and ensure you and your driver-guide's adventures are free from the things that make travel less lovable. They are offering IPA delegates a 10% discount on tours, and the conference organising team will send you a discount code two weeks before your visit.

Find out more information and book a tour