Why did I receive an invitation?
Invitations are sent to selected persons throughout the world. These individuals are identified through several screening processes: by nomination of previous participants in the Round Table; from recommendations to the Round Table advisors who, also, are actively involved in higher education and public school leadership; published articles and research interest of professors; from recognized presentations and awards of state and national organizations; and by invitations to individuals in successful universities, organizations or school districts. The foundation of the success of the Round Table is the assurance that this learning community will be composed of an interdisciplinary group of academics and educational leaders.
How many delegates do you accept?
We accept 20-25 delegates to attend the Symposiums. After we reach our maximum, we begin a waiting list of delegates.
Which airport should I fly in to?
There are two major airports in London. Heathrow airport is the closest to Oxford. It is approximately 1 hour by bus. Gatwick is a smaller airport and is approximately 2 hours by bus.
There are two major airports in London. Heathrow airport is the closest to Cambridge. It is approximately 1.5 hours by bus. Gatwick is a smaller airport and is approximately 2.5 hours by bus.
How do I get from the airport to Oxford/Cambridge?
We send out specific instructions in this regard, along with bus schedules. The bus is the best way to travel to Oxford or Cambridge from the airport. If you take the train, you will have to change trains midway through your journey. The coach schedule can be found online.
Can I arrive early or stay late?
We are unable to offer lodging before the Round Tables, however, we do have a list of hotel suggestions:
AIRPORT AND HOTELS:
Hotels at Gatwick Airport
Le Meridien Hotel in Gatwick Airport
All hotels near Gatwick Airport
Hotels at Heathrow Airport
Hilton London Heathrow
Sofitel London Heathrow Airport
All hotels near Heathrow Airport
What should I wear during the Round Tables?
The dress during the Round Table is business casual. What you would wear to the office would be appropriate. The closing dinner is more dressy with the men wearing suits and ties and the ladies wearing nice dresses or pant suits. We do a lot of walking so remember to bring comfortable shoes.
What are the accommodations like?
The accommodations are dormitory rooms on campus. This gives our delegates a real 'feel' of Oxford and Cambridge University during their stay. All rooms are single accommodates with private bathrooms.
Do participants present papers?
We ask our delegates to submit abstracts related to the topic of the invitation. The abstracts are reviewed by our Programme Committee for presentation. You will hear within a week if your abstract has been selected. Your attendance in the Round Tables is not contingent upon presenting an abstract. You are welcome to prepare a paper for possible publication even if you are not presenting.
How long should the paper be?
The paper length can vary from 10 pages to 30 pages. It is quality that is important, not quantity. You can find more detailed information on the paper at: http://forumonpublicpolicy.com/info.htm
Will there be funding support or scholarships available?
Unfortunately, we do not currently offer any type of funding support or scholarships to attend the Round Table Symposiums. The cost is generally incurred by the invitee's institution or organization. I apologize for this and hope you will still be able to join us.
Are delegates expected to prepare for the Round Table in advance in any way?
Our delegates that are not presenting are generally on a panel. The panel will respond to the presentation with comments. If the presenter has prepared a paper, the panel members will receive a copy of the paper before the Round Table.
Can I have a copy of the agenda for the Oxford Round Table?
We will have an agenda ready after all abstracts have been reviewed and selected for presentation. You are, however, not required to submit an abstract and are welcome to prepare a paper for possible publication even if you are not presenting.
Can I have a list of participants?
We will have a list of the other participants for your session prepared after our final response date. I will be happy to forward a list at that time.