Worcester is a historic city in the Heart of England, a unique blend of the old and the new. The Civil War began and ended in Worcester; its cathedral and many old timbered buildings reflect an often turbulent past. The River Severn divides University College Worcester (UCW) from the city centre, but is easily accessible on foot or by car.
For the shopper, all the main names are represented on the High Street or in close proximity. The covered CrownGate Shopping Centre has something to offer everyone. Places to eat are not difficult to find. Traditional pub fare exists alongside the usual Indian and Chinese, but Greek, Thai and French cuisine are popular also. Being the only large city for some miles around, its nightlife is more thriving and popular for the clubber than would be imagined for so small a place.
The city is home to several sporting venues from County Cricket, Rugby Union and the famous Pitchcroft Racecourse. Perhaps its three main claims to fame are Worcestershire Sauce, Worcester Porcelain and Sir Edward Elgar. Take your pick! Worcester is very popular as a holiday destination.
Also the NPC will be holding their annual conference in Worcester between Thursday 14th and Sunday 17th August 2003. The venue is UCW, which is situated close in the west bank of the River Severn. Worcester has two railway stations, Foregate Street being the closest to the campus, and two links to the M5 (junctions 6 and 7). UCW is blessed with being on one flat campus, has plenty of car parking in August, and has several new blocks of en-suite rooms within small flats. All the facilities required for Conference 2003 are at ground level. The new principal, Prof David Green, has kindly agreed to support the conference and give a welcoming address. We have been extremely fortunate in getting favourable responses from speakers who will test our knowledge, channel our enthusiasm and make us pause for thought. The Worcester Students Union has planned an exciting programme of events for Thursday and Saturday evening and of course there will be a stunning Conference Dinner on Friday evening.