Heads of University Management & Administration Network in Europe

Practical Information

Contact Information

Cecilia Heidelberger – HUMANE Secretariat
Email: here

Neil McGillivray – University of Edinburgh

Chief Operating Officer, Bayes Centre

Email: here

Venue Details

The Study Visit will take place at the University of Edinburgh:

Wednesday 27 November – St Leonard’s Hall, Pollock Estate, Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5AY

Thursday 28 November – morning – Bayes Centre, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh, EH8 9BT

Thursday 28 November – afternoon – University of Edinburgh Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9JS

Thursday 28 November – evening – Edinburgh Futures Institute, 1 Lauriston Place, EH3 9EF

Friday 29 November – National Robotarium, Heriot-Watt University, Boundary Rd N, Third Gait, Edinburgh EH14 4AS


The latest version of the programme can be seen: here

Study Visit Fee

Staff from HUMANE Member Institutions and Residential School Alumni benefit from the members rate of €1,215. Non HUMANE Members will be charged €1,715. Non HUMANE Members may attend if they meet the following criteria: they are from a higher education institution that delivers degree programmes in at least two of the three Bologna cycles (BA, MA, doctorate). Non-member applications are subject to review before acceptance. The Secretariat will apply the correct rate.

The fee includes catering within the programme (coffee breaks, lunches on Thursday and Friday, dinner on Wednesday and Thursday). It does not include accommodation or travel.


You are responsible for your own accommodation.

There is always great demand for accommodation and hotels in Edinburgh especially when city events are taking place; as everywhere this drives prices up.  It is recommended you book early.

The University of Edinburgh is offering delegates registering for the HUMANE Study Visit special discounted rates at two of its hotels on the Pollock Estate in Edinburgh’s vibrant Southside.   This is a 15-minute walk from the city’s world-famous landmarks and the main Study Visit venues.  Evening dinners will be organised in or around these two hotels; transport to various Study Visit venues is easy from these hotels and/or will be organised for our group from these hotels as required.

The Scott (www.thescott-edinburgh.com) is a beautiful boutique-style hotel within a stunning historic mansion house.

  • ‘Cosy Double Room’ £195 inc VAT B&B (single occupancy)

The Scott’s sister property, the Scholar (www.thescholar-edinburgh.com) is located right next door on the Pollock Estate and offers comfortable four-star accommodation with a more contemporary feel.

  • Deluxe Double Room £145 inc VAT B&B (single occupancy)

On registration participants will receive a confirmation email with a booking code which must be referenced to access the discounted rates when booking directly with your hotel of choice for the nights of 27 and 28 November. It is recommended you book early – these preferential rates are only available until 2 October 2024.

For those wishing to extend their stay after the Study Visit (Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations kick off that weekend), the University of Edinburgh is offering HUMANE delegates a discount off the public rates.  Please inquire when booking directly with the hotel.

Meals and Social Programme Information

  • Lunches and coffee breaks will be taken at the times indicated in the main programme.
  • The Study Visit dinners included in the programme will be held in various venues. Details will be sent via email to registered participants.

Phishing and email scams

There is an increasing trend for seminars and events to be targeted by phishing and email scams. If you do receive any communication that looks suspicious please contact the HUMANE Secretariat. HUMANE never works with or promotes any third party travel companies in its seminar organisation.

How to reach Pollock Estate where the two hotels are located

Arriving By Air

Edinburgh Airport is situated to the West of the City, approximately 30 – 40 minutes by taxi or car from the Pollock Estate (depending on time of day).

Edinburgh boasts an award-winning public transport system and you can travel from the airport into the city centre by the regular Airlink bus service, or by Tram.  Both services will bring you to the City Centre (Princes Street).

Airlink Bus Service:   This is a 24-hour service (Airlink 100) and leaves from outside the main terminal.  Details regarding fares, timetables etc can be found here.

Arriving By Rail 

The nearest mainline station is Edinburgh Waverley, in the centre of the city, and approximately 10/15 minutes taxi ride from Pollock Halls.  The price of the taxi is under £10. Most black taxis will accept payment by credit/debit card.

Alternatively, you can exit the station onto Princes Street and catch a bus from the city centre to Pollock Halls (see below).

 By Bus from Edinburgh City Centre:

From Princes Street to Royal Commonwealth Pool  

Lothian Bus Services 30; 33

Bus stops are located on the “shop” side of Princes Street

Flat fare: £2.00 (around 2,30 €) – contactless payment via card or device

(Do ask the driver to let you know when it is your stop – they will be happy to help).    Further information about the bus is available here.

Tram Service:  Tickets can be purchased in advance here or from the ticket vending machine at the tram stop outside the main terminal.  Details regarding fares, timetables etc can be found here.

By Car From the Airport

If you are picking up a hire car when you arrive at the Airport, the following details will be of interest to you. 

As you leave the Airport, follow the signs for the Edinburgh City By-Pass (A720).  Join the By-pass following signs for Berwick Upon Tweed (South).

After approx. 15km, you will reach Sheriffhall Roundabout (a large roundabout with Traffic Lights), take the A7 (first exit on left) and head for the city centre.  Stay on the A7, passing the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on the right and continue straight on until you reach Cameron Toll roundabout on the south edge of the city.

Go straight across the roundabout (traffic lights) at Cameron Toll, taking the second exit onto Dalkeith Road. After approx 2.5km, turn right at the Royal Commonwealth Pool onto Holyrood Park Road.  The entrance to Pollock Halls is approximately 200m on the right and is signposted.

Please note that we have limited parking on site and spaces are available on a first-come-first-served basis


HUMANE and the University of Edinburgh fully intend to deliver the HUMANE Study Visit. If however, restrictions require it to be postponed, participants will be notified with as much notice as possible.

Neither HUMANE nor the University of Edinburgh are liable for any losses, accidents or damage to persons or objects during the HUMANE Study Visit in Edinburgh. Participants attending the HUMANE Study Visit in Edinburgh do so at their own risk and responsibility.