University of Sheffield Climate Change Conference

We can’t wait to welcome you to Sheffield and this very special Climate Change Conference. The University of Sheffield is delighted to be joined by so many Fulbright Scholars and Gilman Scholar alumni. We hope you will have a wonderful time during your stay here in Sheffield.


You should be able to find everything you need on these web pages, including contact details of staff at Fulbright and the University of Sheffield. We have also set up a WhatsApp group for you to join so you can ask questions and communicate easily with each other - this is of course optional. You can join this group by following this link on your phone:WhatsApp GroupThe conference is being led by our Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures - find out more about their work at their website. In keeping with the theme of the week, we won’t be printing paper itineraries, so do make sure you bookmark this page. We also won’t be handing out unsustainable gifts. We will update these pages as any new details are confirmed, or we receive frequent questions from you, so do keep checking back. 

Some expectations

We want you to have a great time in Sheffield, and we just have a few requests from you:

  • Please be punctual - if you are asked to meet for a coach or walking guide, the group will leave on time. Latecomers will have to make their own travel arrangements
  • Please take regular lateral flow tests and don’t come to campus if you test positive - contact Amy, Toni or Fulbright staff immediately if you test positive
  • Please be respectful of all conference participants, staff, speakers, students, and guests

Your hotels 

Fulbright Students and Scholars

Jonas Hotel (Jonas, The Endcliffe Village, Endcliffe Crescent, Sheffield, S10 3ER)

Fulbright visitors will all be staying at the Jonas hotel - in the heart of our student accommodation. Key details can be found on their website. There will be a self-service cooked breakfast with a selection of continental items available (held in The Edge). Breakfast is available from 7:45 - 9am each day.  Check-in is from 3pm and check-out is 11am. 

NOTE: only limited hairdryers are available to borrow from reception, so you may want to bring one if you use one regularly.

Gilman Scholar alumni

The Leopold (2 Leopold Street, Leopold Square, Sheffield, S1 2GZ)

Gilman visitors will be staying at The Leopold Hotel in the City Centre. Key details can be found on their website. Check-in is from 2pm, and check-out is at 11am and breakfast is included. Breakfast is served from 6:30 - 10am. If you are arriving earlier than check-in, you can contact the hotel to request an earlier time (there may be a charge) or to see if they will store your luggage for you.

Additional nights: If you are planning to add on additional nights before or after the conference, you will be responsible for arranging and paying for this (and any associated travel) yourselves.

Travelling to Sheffield

From Manchester Airport

For Gilman visitors travelling from the USA, we recommend getting the train from Manchester airport to Sheffield city centre. The railway station is clearly signposted once you get through security. You will need to change at Manchester Piccadilly. We recommend booking an open return, rather than a specific train (even though this is cheaper) so that you can get any train - particularly if your flight is delayed for example. You can use various sites to book your tickets:

The Trainline

Transpennine Express

National Rail Enquiries

From London Heathrow Airport

By Coach

National Express coaches to Sheffield depart from Heathrow’s central bus station, with a travel time of 5 - 7.5 hours approximately.

By Train

Take the underground (which is commonly referred to as ‘the Tube’) to London Kings Cross/St Pancras by travelling on the Piccadilly line from the Heathrow Airport underground station. London Kings Cross and St Pancras are two separate train stations which are very close to each other so share one underground station.

You can then get a train to Sheffield from London Kings Cross or St Pancras station. You can travel directly (without changing trains) to Sheffield in about 2 hours from St Pancras. You can also travel to Sheffield from London Kings Cross but you will need to change trains at Doncaster - most of these services take just over two hours.

We highly recommend booking train tickets in advance as they can be expensive if you purchase them on the day of travel.

From Sheffield train station

There is a taxi rank outside Sheffield train station, but they may require cash. You can also use Uber or City Taxis if you want to pay by card. There is also an ATM located in the train station. 


You can find the full itinerary for the conference here.

Free time

We’ve included some free time in the itinerary so you can explore the city of Sheffield a little more. Below are some recommendations of neighbourhoods and areas you might want to check out.

Sheffield is known as the ‘Outdoor City’ and has many green spaces for you to enjoy as well.

Getting around

Getting around the city is easy via public transport or taxi. The city has its own taxi service (City Taxis), but there is also Uber. To find the best routes on public transport, we recommend using Google maps and picking the public transport option. This will give you the best route using the local bus and/or tram network. It’s also easy to walk anywhere that is close enough for your abilities, but be aware that Sheffield is quite hilly!

Campus map

City map

City taxis

Emergency services

In an emergency, you can contact the police, fire department or emergency medical help by dialling 999 from any phone. 

If you are on campus and need to contact one of the emergency services, you will need to call the University Campus Secruity on +44 114 222 4444. This is a chargable international number. 


Both hotels have free wi-fi for guests, and whilst on campus, you can access our guest wi-fi as well. Many Fulbright visitors may be able to access Eduroam in the same way as they would at their UK university. 


There are many ATMs in the City Centre, close to The Leopold Hotel (just ask a reception if you need a particular one) and several on the University campus as well and some in the train station as well. 

Covid-19 and face coverings

For the health and wellbeing of participants, we encourage the wearing of face coverings where possible, and ask that everyone respects each other's choices. To find out about the University of Sheffield safety guidance, please check our dedicated web pages, which also include links to the UK government guidance

Dress code

There is no strict dress code throughout the week. For the content of the conference, we encourage you to be comfortable, and anything goes. We suggest bringing some comfortable footwear. We encourage you to dress up for the gala dinner, but it certainly isn’t black tie, and no dress code will be enforced. We will be dusting off some favourite ‘posh’ outfits that we’ve not had an excuse to wear for a while!

Key staff contact details



Email address

Mobile phone number

Toni Dolby

University of Sheffield

+44 7783801657

Amy Jones

University of Sheffield

+44 7712539369