Summer Conference 2024 – Delegate Information

This year’s conference will be held at the Lancaster University on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th July.


Lancaster University has a detailed page on how to travel to their campus, including information on the local bus service that runs frequently to the site. We recommend delegates travel by public transport where possible but if you would like to drive then visitor parking is available with a cost associated. We recommend car parks F, G and H as the closest to the venues (see the parking zone map for locations).


Accommodation for the Thursday night is included in the price of the conference ticket. Keys to your room will be available for collection at registration. We are aware that some delegates may wish to travel up on the Wednesday. You can book an additional night’s accommodation for the Wednesday directly with the venue. If you contact the venue then they can arrange for you to stay in the same room for both nights.


Your conference ticket includes lunch on both days, the conference dinner on Thursday, and breakfast on the Friday morning. When booking your ticket, we will have asked for any dietary requirements and allergies and these will be accommodated by the venue.

Conference Programme

Day one – Thursday 4th July

From 11:00Registration opens – tea and coffee available on arrival

Registration will remain open until the conference starts at 13:30 and delegates are welcome to arrive at any time. The committee will be available during break times to register any latecomers.
13:30UHMLG CommitteeWelcome to the UHMLG Summer Conference 2024
13:40Louise Speakman and Lesley English Addressing surging systematic review demand 
14:30 Break
14:40 Lucy Marr Creating a career & skills development map: how to give people the freedom and support to develop and progress 
15:30 Break – Tea and coffee served 
Sam Cox
Lightning talks – more speakers to be announced

User research – are Cochrane’s search tools working for search experts
16:10 Louise Speakman, Erin Bloxsidge, Kathryn Devine and Giada Zanella Riding the wave: systematic review support in healthcare and beyond – a panel discussion 
17:00 Close 
19:00Drinks reception
19:30Conference dinner

Menu choices will be circulated to delegates by email

Day two – Friday 5th July

08:00Breakfast is available from 8am onwards at Barker House Farm
09:20UHMLG CommitteeWelcome to day two
09:30Julie McCall What is artificial intelligence and what can it do? Part one (Presentation) 
10:20 Break 
10:30 Julie McCall What is artificial intelligence and what can it do? Part two (Workshop) 
11:00 Break – Tea and coffee (take your drink with you to the RCT) 
11:10 Randomised Coffee Trial 
11:40 Kirsten Elliott Peer reviewing search methods: Putting librarian expertise into practice 

A packed lunch will be provided to delegates on departure
12.30 onwardsTBCThere will be an optional tour of Lancaster University Library available to delegates after the Friday morning session.
More details will be released when we get confirmation


I’m travelling from further away. What time should I arrive?

We appreciate that our delegates are travelling from all across the UK. The conference itself starts at 13:30 on the Thursday and we recommend you arrive no later than 13:30. We recognise that sometimes there are delays with transport and late comers are welcome to join the conference at their earliest convenience. The committee will be on hand to register late comers during breaks.

Where can I leave my luggage when I arrive?

We will give you your room key on arrival and if there’s time you are welcome to go to your room and leave your luggage. If you arrive close to the conference starting then we will have a side room where you can leave any luggage.