Frequently Asked Questions

Courses and tutors

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Where is the event held?

It is held at Yarnfield Park Conference Centre. Yarnfield has four large accommodation blocks as well as numerous classrooms where revision takes place. Whilst centrally located in the UK, it is also in the countryside and is poorly served by public transport, and there are very few alternative dinning and accommodation options nearby.

How is the minibus service run?

We aim to provide a free minibus or coach shuttle from around 3pm to 6pm on Friday that picks up at Stone railway station and drops off at Yarnfield. It is offered on a first-come, first served basis.

If you need an immediate pickup or arrive outside these times you will need to arrange a taxi and pay for it yourself. We may ask that when you register at Yarnfield you indicate which train you will be catching on Sunday and get a ticket for the free Sunday shuttle.

This is because we try to ensure that everyone gets to their train on time and we may need to book taxis in addition to the coach to cope with the rush.

This service is provided on a best-endeavours basis and we recommend that if you have a particular train to catch you book and pay for your own taxi.

Category: Venue / getting there
What sort of accommodation is available?

All of our allocated rooms at Yarnfield have one double bed in an ensuite bedroom.

It is possible for you to share your room with another student or a non-studying partner. Consider carefully how much free time you will have with your non-studying partner given the timetable!

If you have a disability and your disability requires a helper we can offer a specially reduced rate for their accommodation. Several bedrooms are wheelchair accessible, as is the main building that contains classrooms and the restaurant.

Students with limited mobility (such as on crutches) may find the distance between classroom, restaurant, bedrooms and car a little taxing.

If you have particular requirements/questions please do ask on your booking form. 

What sort of meals and refreshments are provided?

Free-flow tea and coffee are offered throughout the weekend during study time, including at arrival on Friday. If you choose the non-residential option then your course fee covers your delegate fee, tea & coffee and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Students on residential packages also receive an evening meal on Friday as well as breakfast and evening meal on Saturday and breakfast Sunday.

Note we have no options that allow you to opt out of all meals, although of course you are free to forego the provided food.

Non-residents arriving early on Friday can purchase an evening meal directly from Yarnfield. Food is provided in a mostly self-service cafeteria and you are free to choose what dish you would like. A vegetarian choice is always provided, but it is available to everyone, so we recommend vegetarians choose an early opportunity for a meal rather than a late one.

If you have specific dietary requests please indicate them on your booking form and we will pass these on to Yarnfield.

I have special needs

We have produced a guide to the event for those students with special needs: click here to open PDF (50 kb)

Do you send out joining instructions?

Most of the contents of the joining instructions are available on this website. However we do send out joining instructions, including details of the latest timetable, via email around one to two weeks before the event.

When you arrive at Yarnfield, you will be given a timetable relevant to your own particular course within a matrix of all courses being offered.

We ask that you read this timetable carefully as times could differ from the ones we sent out with the joining instructions.

I haven't received the joining instructions

We will be emailing out the Joining Instructions (concise, summarised information about the venue, accommodation and studying) roughly two weeks before the event.

This will contain a pdf file and be sent from scirevteam(at)ymail(dot)com. Please put this in your safe senders list and check your spam mailbox if you don't receive it before then.

I will be early for registration at Yarnfield – what do I do?

The committee members who attend the event in person usually get there around 2pm. If you arrive earlier than this you can sit in reception.

Assuming Yarnfield have bedrooms available, it might be possible for you to collect your room key and settle into your room. We usually try to open registration by 3pm.

I will be late for registration – what do I do?

You can collect your room key anytime 24/7 from Yarnfield reception. Registration finishes about 6.45pm and if you arrive after that time and no organisers are about, you will find your registration envelope on a desk next to Yarnfield reception or at reception itself. It will contain your course timetable, including tutor, and classroom details, and your name badge. You will then need to locate your tutor room on the map on the desk.

The restaurant closes at 7pm and there are no alternative food outlets. Your first revision session usually begins shortly after 7pm so if you arrive after this you may miss part or all of the session.

How do I get there?

Each year we have held the event the bus service has changed. As far as we are aware, there is now no bus service on Sunday. Also, the bus companies change their ownership and timetable frequently so travel by bus is not recommended. The nearest railway station is Stone followed by Stafford. There are numerous taxi companies in both towns. Pre-booking, especially for Sunday, is recommended.

Note that we do intend to run a minibus or coach service - details of which are in another FAQ. Stone station is not suitable for wheelchair users, so Stafford would be your nearest railway station if you travel in a wheelchair and has wheelchair taxis available.

Can I bring my car to Yarnfield?

Yes. There is a large car park signposted from the entrance. There is significant building works going on at Yarnfield so signage sometimes needs to be looked out for!

There are several disabled car parking bays located within the car park close to the large water tower but these are still located some distance from the main entrance. 

Also bear in mind Friday afternoon motorway traffic and make allowances.

Bookings / Payments

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Where is the event held?

It is held at Yarnfield Park Conference Centre. Yarnfield has four large accommodation blocks as well as numerous classrooms where revision takes place. Whilst centrally located in the UK, it is also in the countryside and is poorly served by public transport, and there are very few alternative dinning and accommodation options nearby.

How is the minibus service run?

We aim to provide a free minibus or coach shuttle from around 3pm to 6pm on Friday that picks up at Stone railway station and drops off at Yarnfield. It is offered on a first-come, first served basis.

If you need an immediate pickup or arrive outside these times you will need to arrange a taxi and pay for it yourself. We may ask that when you register at Yarnfield you indicate which train you will be catching on Sunday and get a ticket for the free Sunday shuttle.

This is because we try to ensure that everyone gets to their train on time and we may need to book taxis in addition to the coach to cope with the rush.

This service is provided on a best-endeavours basis and we recommend that if you have a particular train to catch you book and pay for your own taxi.

Category: Venue / getting there
What sort of accommodation is available?

All of our allocated rooms at Yarnfield have one double bed in an ensuite bedroom.

It is possible for you to share your room with another student or a non-studying partner. Consider carefully how much free time you will have with your non-studying partner given the timetable!

If you have a disability and your disability requires a helper we can offer a specially reduced rate for their accommodation. Several bedrooms are wheelchair accessible, as is the main building that contains classrooms and the restaurant.

Students with limited mobility (such as on crutches) may find the distance between classroom, restaurant, bedrooms and car a little taxing.

If you have particular requirements/questions please do ask on your booking form. 

What sort of meals and refreshments are provided?

Free-flow tea and coffee are offered throughout the weekend during study time, including at arrival on Friday. If you choose the non-residential option then your course fee covers your delegate fee, tea & coffee and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Students on residential packages also receive an evening meal on Friday as well as breakfast and evening meal on Saturday and breakfast Sunday.

Note we have no options that allow you to opt out of all meals, although of course you are free to forego the provided food.

Non-residents arriving early on Friday can purchase an evening meal directly from Yarnfield. Food is provided in a mostly self-service cafeteria and you are free to choose what dish you would like. A vegetarian choice is always provided, but it is available to everyone, so we recommend vegetarians choose an early opportunity for a meal rather than a late one.

If you have specific dietary requests please indicate them on your booking form and we will pass these on to Yarnfield.

I have special needs

We have produced a guide to the event for those students with special needs: click here to open PDF (50 kb)

Do you send out joining instructions?

Most of the contents of the joining instructions are available on this website. However we do send out joining instructions, including details of the latest timetable, via email around one to two weeks before the event.

When you arrive at Yarnfield, you will be given a timetable relevant to your own particular course within a matrix of all courses being offered.

We ask that you read this timetable carefully as times could differ from the ones we sent out with the joining instructions.

I haven't received the joining instructions

We will be emailing out the Joining Instructions (concise, summarised information about the venue, accommodation and studying) roughly two weeks before the event.

This will contain a pdf file and be sent from scirevteam(at)ymail(dot)com. Please put this in your safe senders list and check your spam mailbox if you don't receive it before then.

I will be early for registration at Yarnfield – what do I do?

The committee members who attend the event in person usually get there around 2pm. If you arrive earlier than this you can sit in reception.

Assuming Yarnfield have bedrooms available, it might be possible for you to collect your room key and settle into your room. We usually try to open registration by 3pm.

I will be late for registration – what do I do?

You can collect your room key anytime 24/7 from Yarnfield reception. Registration finishes about 6.45pm and if you arrive after that time and no organisers are about, you will find your registration envelope on a desk next to Yarnfield reception or at reception itself. It will contain your course timetable, including tutor, and classroom details, and your name badge. You will then need to locate your tutor room on the map on the desk.

The restaurant closes at 7pm and there are no alternative food outlets. Your first revision session usually begins shortly after 7pm so if you arrive after this you may miss part or all of the session.

How do I get there?

Each year we have held the event the bus service has changed. As far as we are aware, there is now no bus service on Sunday. Also, the bus companies change their ownership and timetable frequently so travel by bus is not recommended. The nearest railway station is Stone followed by Stafford. There are numerous taxi companies in both towns. Pre-booking, especially for Sunday, is recommended.

Note that we do intend to run a minibus or coach service - details of which are in another FAQ. Stone station is not suitable for wheelchair users, so Stafford would be your nearest railway station if you travel in a wheelchair and has wheelchair taxis available.

Can I bring my car to Yarnfield?

Yes. There is a large car park signposted from the entrance. There is significant building works going on at Yarnfield so signage sometimes needs to be looked out for!

There are several disabled car parking bays located within the car park close to the large water tower but these are still located some distance from the main entrance. 

Also bear in mind Friday afternoon motorway traffic and make allowances.

Venue / getting there

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Where is the event held?

It is held at Yarnfield Park Conference Centre. Yarnfield has four large accommodation blocks as well as numerous classrooms where revision takes place. Whilst centrally located in the UK, it is also in the countryside and is poorly served by public transport, and there are very few alternative dinning and accommodation options nearby.

How is the minibus service run?

We aim to provide a free minibus or coach shuttle from around 3pm to 6pm on Friday that picks up at Stone railway station and drops off at Yarnfield. It is offered on a first-come, first served basis.

If you need an immediate pickup or arrive outside these times you will need to arrange a taxi and pay for it yourself. We may ask that when you register at Yarnfield you indicate which train you will be catching on Sunday and get a ticket for the free Sunday shuttle.

This is because we try to ensure that everyone gets to their train on time and we may need to book taxis in addition to the coach to cope with the rush.

This service is provided on a best-endeavours basis and we recommend that if you have a particular train to catch you book and pay for your own taxi.

Category: Venue / getting there
What sort of accommodation is available?

All of our allocated rooms at Yarnfield have one double bed in an ensuite bedroom.

It is possible for you to share your room with another student or a non-studying partner. Consider carefully how much free time you will have with your non-studying partner given the timetable!

If you have a disability and your disability requires a helper we can offer a specially reduced rate for their accommodation. Several bedrooms are wheelchair accessible, as is the main building that contains classrooms and the restaurant.

Students with limited mobility (such as on crutches) may find the distance between classroom, restaurant, bedrooms and car a little taxing.

If you have particular requirements/questions please do ask on your booking form. 

What sort of meals and refreshments are provided?

Free-flow tea and coffee are offered throughout the weekend during study time, including at arrival on Friday. If you choose the non-residential option then your course fee covers your delegate fee, tea & coffee and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Students on residential packages also receive an evening meal on Friday as well as breakfast and evening meal on Saturday and breakfast Sunday.

Note we have no options that allow you to opt out of all meals, although of course you are free to forego the provided food.

Non-residents arriving early on Friday can purchase an evening meal directly from Yarnfield. Food is provided in a mostly self-service cafeteria and you are free to choose what dish you would like. A vegetarian choice is always provided, but it is available to everyone, so we recommend vegetarians choose an early opportunity for a meal rather than a late one.

If you have specific dietary requests please indicate them on your booking form and we will pass these on to Yarnfield.

I have special needs

We have produced a guide to the event for those students with special needs: click here to open PDF (50 kb)

Do you send out joining instructions?

Most of the contents of the joining instructions are available on this website. However we do send out joining instructions, including details of the latest timetable, via email around one to two weeks before the event.

When you arrive at Yarnfield, you will be given a timetable relevant to your own particular course within a matrix of all courses being offered.

We ask that you read this timetable carefully as times could differ from the ones we sent out with the joining instructions.

I haven't received the joining instructions

We will be emailing out the Joining Instructions (concise, summarised information about the venue, accommodation and studying) roughly two weeks before the event.

This will contain a pdf file and be sent from scirevteam(at)ymail(dot)com. Please put this in your safe senders list and check your spam mailbox if you don't receive it before then.

I will be early for registration at Yarnfield – what do I do?

The committee members who attend the event in person usually get there around 2pm. If you arrive earlier than this you can sit in reception.

Assuming Yarnfield have bedrooms available, it might be possible for you to collect your room key and settle into your room. We usually try to open registration by 3pm.

I will be late for registration – what do I do?

You can collect your room key anytime 24/7 from Yarnfield reception. Registration finishes about 6.45pm and if you arrive after that time and no organisers are about, you will find your registration envelope on a desk next to Yarnfield reception or at reception itself. It will contain your course timetable, including tutor, and classroom details, and your name badge. You will then need to locate your tutor room on the map on the desk.

The restaurant closes at 7pm and there are no alternative food outlets. Your first revision session usually begins shortly after 7pm so if you arrive after this you may miss part or all of the session.

How do I get there?

Each year we have held the event the bus service has changed. As far as we are aware, there is now no bus service on Sunday. Also, the bus companies change their ownership and timetable frequently so travel by bus is not recommended. The nearest railway station is Stone followed by Stafford. There are numerous taxi companies in both towns. Pre-booking, especially for Sunday, is recommended.

Note that we do intend to run a minibus or coach service - details of which are in another FAQ. Stone station is not suitable for wheelchair users, so Stafford would be your nearest railway station if you travel in a wheelchair and has wheelchair taxis available.

Can I bring my car to Yarnfield?

Yes. There is a large car park signposted from the entrance. There is significant building works going on at Yarnfield so signage sometimes needs to be looked out for!

There are several disabled car parking bays located within the car park close to the large water tower but these are still located some distance from the main entrance. 

Also bear in mind Friday afternoon motorway traffic and make allowances.

General

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Where is the event held?

It is held at Yarnfield Park Conference Centre. Yarnfield has four large accommodation blocks as well as numerous classrooms where revision takes place. Whilst centrally located in the UK, it is also in the countryside and is poorly served by public transport, and there are very few alternative dinning and accommodation options nearby.

How is the minibus service run?

We aim to provide a free minibus or coach shuttle from around 3pm to 6pm on Friday that picks up at Stone railway station and drops off at Yarnfield. It is offered on a first-come, first served basis.

If you need an immediate pickup or arrive outside these times you will need to arrange a taxi and pay for it yourself. We may ask that when you register at Yarnfield you indicate which train you will be catching on Sunday and get a ticket for the free Sunday shuttle.

This is because we try to ensure that everyone gets to their train on time and we may need to book taxis in addition to the coach to cope with the rush.

This service is provided on a best-endeavours basis and we recommend that if you have a particular train to catch you book and pay for your own taxi.

Category: Venue / getting there
What sort of accommodation is available?

All of our allocated rooms at Yarnfield have one double bed in an ensuite bedroom.

It is possible for you to share your room with another student or a non-studying partner. Consider carefully how much free time you will have with your non-studying partner given the timetable!

If you have a disability and your disability requires a helper we can offer a specially reduced rate for their accommodation. Several bedrooms are wheelchair accessible, as is the main building that contains classrooms and the restaurant.

Students with limited mobility (such as on crutches) may find the distance between classroom, restaurant, bedrooms and car a little taxing.

If you have particular requirements/questions please do ask on your booking form. 

What sort of meals and refreshments are provided?

Free-flow tea and coffee are offered throughout the weekend during study time, including at arrival on Friday. If you choose the non-residential option then your course fee covers your delegate fee, tea & coffee and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Students on residential packages also receive an evening meal on Friday as well as breakfast and evening meal on Saturday and breakfast Sunday.

Note we have no options that allow you to opt out of all meals, although of course you are free to forego the provided food.

Non-residents arriving early on Friday can purchase an evening meal directly from Yarnfield. Food is provided in a mostly self-service cafeteria and you are free to choose what dish you would like. A vegetarian choice is always provided, but it is available to everyone, so we recommend vegetarians choose an early opportunity for a meal rather than a late one.

If you have specific dietary requests please indicate them on your booking form and we will pass these on to Yarnfield.

I have special needs

We have produced a guide to the event for those students with special needs: click here to open PDF (50 kb)

Do you send out joining instructions?

Most of the contents of the joining instructions are available on this website. However we do send out joining instructions, including details of the latest timetable, via email around one to two weeks before the event.

When you arrive at Yarnfield, you will be given a timetable relevant to your own particular course within a matrix of all courses being offered.

We ask that you read this timetable carefully as times could differ from the ones we sent out with the joining instructions.

I haven't received the joining instructions

We will be emailing out the Joining Instructions (concise, summarised information about the venue, accommodation and studying) roughly two weeks before the event.

This will contain a pdf file and be sent from scirevteam(at)ymail(dot)com. Please put this in your safe senders list and check your spam mailbox if you don't receive it before then.

I will be early for registration at Yarnfield – what do I do?

The committee members who attend the event in person usually get there around 2pm. If you arrive earlier than this you can sit in reception.

Assuming Yarnfield have bedrooms available, it might be possible for you to collect your room key and settle into your room. We usually try to open registration by 3pm.

I will be late for registration – what do I do?

You can collect your room key anytime 24/7 from Yarnfield reception. Registration finishes about 6.45pm and if you arrive after that time and no organisers are about, you will find your registration envelope on a desk next to Yarnfield reception or at reception itself. It will contain your course timetable, including tutor, and classroom details, and your name badge. You will then need to locate your tutor room on the map on the desk.

The restaurant closes at 7pm and there are no alternative food outlets. Your first revision session usually begins shortly after 7pm so if you arrive after this you may miss part or all of the session.

How do I get there?

Each year we have held the event the bus service has changed. As far as we are aware, there is now no bus service on Sunday. Also, the bus companies change their ownership and timetable frequently so travel by bus is not recommended. The nearest railway station is Stone followed by Stafford. There are numerous taxi companies in both towns. Pre-booking, especially for Sunday, is recommended.

Note that we do intend to run a minibus or coach service - details of which are in another FAQ. Stone station is not suitable for wheelchair users, so Stafford would be your nearest railway station if you travel in a wheelchair and has wheelchair taxis available.

Can I bring my car to Yarnfield?

Yes. There is a large car park signposted from the entrance. There is significant building works going on at Yarnfield so signage sometimes needs to be looked out for!

There are several disabled car parking bays located within the car park close to the large water tower but these are still located some distance from the main entrance. 

Also bear in mind Friday afternoon motorway traffic and make allowances.