Everything you need to know

Key information

Location: Senate House, University of London, Malet St, London WC1E 7HU
Click here to view on Google Maps.

Entrance: Please use the main entrance to Senate House just off Malet Street or Russell Square (you can approach it both ways) – staff will be there to direct you to the festival registration area when you arrive – look out for people in purple.

Travelling to the venue

By tube: The nearest underground stations to Senate House are:
Russell Square (Piccadilly Line), Tottenham Court Road (Central Line and Northern Line), Goodge Street (Northern Line), Euston Square (Circle Line, Metropolitan Line and Hammersmith and City Line) and Euston Station (Victoria Line & Northern Line).

By car: Public car parking is not available at Senate House. There are NCP car parks at Woburn Place & Bloomsbury Place.

By train: Senate House is within walking distance from Euston and Kings Cross St Pancras stations.

Registration & tickets

Registration is open each day from 8:30am, and the registration desk will be staffed all day each day if you’re running late or can’t make it to all of the festival.

There will be a cloakroom available for bags and coats.

For registration speed, please present your QR code ticket or Apple/Google wallet ticket. If you encounter any issues with this on the day, a team member will be able to help. If you’ve registered for the event and not yet received your ticket, please let us know events@wonkhe.com.

Food, drink and entertainment

On each day, you can expect a light breakfast buffet with tea, coffee and soft drinks served all day, as well as lunch.

Chancellors Hall on the first floor will be open across the two days with space to catch up on work or meet colleagues.

On Tuesday 7 November, a drinks reception and entertainment will follow the day’s sessions at Senate House at 5.30pm.

Wonkhe After Hours will begin at 6.30pm and run until late, held a few minutes walk away at the Marquis Cornwallis pub, 31 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AP – directions here. We have the whole venue just for us, and you will need your festival lanyard to get in.

  • Food will be available from 7.30pm
  • Speed networking will take place at 8pm upstairs

The drinks will be on us, and more entertainment and live music await.


The full programme can be viewed here. You do not need to register for sessions in advance, but we suggest you plan ahead to maximise your time there as a lot is going on.

For everything in the Collaboration Space, given the interactive nature of these workshops, latecomers won’t be able to join.

We will not be providing printed programmes. The website is designed to work on your mobile device so you can find your way around on the day.

Dress code (there isn’t one)

A few people have asked us what they should wear – we suggest whatever makes you comfortable. The only steer we can give is to say it’s not a formal event – men: leave the ties at home!


You can find a festival map that shows how to find your way around here.

Anything else

For any other questions, get in touch at events@wonkhe.com.

Wonkhe x The University of London

The Festival of Higher Education replaces Wonkfest, Wonkhe’s previous jamboree of everything HE.

After four successful festivals, from 2023 we are partnering with The University of London who is hosting the festival with us at their fabulous home, the iconic Senate House.

The University of London is a leading UK provider of distance and digital education internationally, offering programmes to 45,000 students in 190 countries around the world. They are a national leader in the humanities, and promote their value to society and the economy through knowledge creation and exchange.

It is a unique federation of 17 world class higher education institutions, with collaboration at the heart of their ethos. The University of London federation is a collective community of more than 240,000 learners and 50,000 staff, delivering world-leading research across all disciplines.

The University of London shares Wonkhe’s mission to open up the higher education debate, and with a long history, and enormous expertise across a wide range of issues, will help drive the conversation forward before, during and after the event.


There are some last minute tickets available – book now to secure your place.