Please note, all information about this ceremony is being sent in a link via e-mail. If we do not hold an email address on file for you this mailing will be posted. If you require further information before the day please contact the Regional Services Team, at The Open University in the East of England, Cintra House, 12 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1PF. Tel: +44 (0)1223 364721.
On the day contacts
The contact point for graduates on the day of the ceremony will be The Open University registration desk in the marquee on St Cross Green. In the event of an emergency, please leave a message on +44 (0)7827 929644.
Ely Cathedral is famous for its Norman nave, early 14th Century Octagon and Lady Chapel. Its majestic interior, the striking contrast between the solemnity of the nave with the light flooding into the transept from the Octagon, provides a memorable setting for our degree ceremony and the celebration of the achievements of our graduates. Entrance to the Cathedral is free to graduates and their guests throughout the day. The Cathedral is open to the public before the ceremony, so please take care of your belongings.
It can feel extremely cold in the Cathedral, even on a warm day, so we would advise you and your guests to dress accordingly.
Details of accommodation in the area, and other information, is available on the East Cambs District Council website: www.eastcambs.gov.uk/tourism-culture
Ely is situated on the A10 with easy access to the M11. It is 16 miles from Cambridge, 36 miles from Peterborough, 55 miles from Norwich and 72 miles from London.
Parking space in Ely is very limited. We therefore arrange special additional parking within the city and will send you, by post, one parking permit per graduate and instructions, in the weeks leading up to the ceremony.
Ely railway station is situated on the south side of Ely and approximately 10 minutes' walk from the Cathedral. There are a few taxis but no regular bus service. There are regular train services from London, Peterborough, Norwich and King's Lynn.
By bus or coach
There is no local regular bus service.
Refreshment facilities for graduates and guests will be available from 10:30 until 18:00 at the King's Ely Hayward Theatre.
Please note that eating inside the Cathedral is not permitted by the Cathedral authorities.
There are a number of cafes and restaurants within easy reach of the Cathedral; they are likely to be busy, so you may wish to book in advance. Further information can be found at: www.visitely.org.uk
Public toilets and facilities for people with disabilities are available very near to the Cathedral. Additional temporary toilets are available at the King's Ely Hayward Theatre.
There are no cloakroom facilities at Ely Cathedral.
The St John Ambulance has kindly agreed to provide a first-aid service for the ceremony. Their post will be inside the main West Door of the Cathedral.
In the event of an emergency the instructions of the Cathedral officers should be followed.
Children aged 3 and under can attend the ceremony free of charge, provided they sit on an accompanying adult's lap.
Buggies cannot be accommodated in the aisles of the Cathedral because they block the procession route and movement of graduates during the ceremony. You will be asked to leave these at the back of the Cathedral. Your cooperation will be appreciated.