MGS 2019

Midlands Graduate School

in the

Foundations of Computing Science

University of Birmingham, UK, 14 - 18 April, 2019


Our (Gold) sponsors:                                          


The Midlands Graduate School (MGS) in the Foundations of Computing Science provides an intensive course of lectures on the Mathematical Foundations of Computing. It has run annually since 1999, and is hosted by the Universites of Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham, and Sheffield in rotation. The lectures are aimed at PhD students, typically in their first or second year of study. However, the school is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the mathematical foundations of computing, and in recent years has seen increased participation from industry. We also very much welcome students from abroad.

MGS 2019 was held in Birmingham, UK, 14 (Sunday) - 18 (Thursday) April, hosted by the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham.

Invited Lecturer:

John Hughes


The following courses will be held at MGS:

Introductory Courses:

Advanced Courses:


A (tentative) schedule is available here.


Registration is now closed.

Brexit and visas

If you are a citizen of an EEA country (EU + Iceland, Norway, Switzerland), then you will be able to enter Britain for up to three months without a visa, independently of what kind of Brexit will eventually take place.

Everyone else, you may wish to check the online visa requirements page to see whether you need a visa. If so, then the type of visa to apply for is the Short-term study visa. For the application process you need an invitation letter from the University of Birmingham. To obtain it, fill in this short questionnaire as soon as possible. We, as organisers, can not issue such a letter.

If attending the MGS is not your main reason for visiting the UK at this time, then you can also apply for a Standard Visitor Visa. An invitation letter from the University is then not needed.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Level Benefits Contribution
  • Your name/logo on the MGS 2019 website
  • All of the benefits of Bronze sponsorship
  • One complimentary industrial registration
  • An opportunity to provide publicity materials to participants
  • All of the benefits of Silver sponsorship
  • One additional complimentary industrial registration (2 in total)
  • An opportunity to address the participants
  • A table/booth-like space in the coffee break area
  • All of the benefits of Gold sponsorship
  • Three additional complimentary industrial registration (5 in total)
  • An opportunity to display a poster and provide merchandise to participants


Achim Jung   University of Birmingham

Location and Travel


MGS 2019 will be held in the School of Computer Science. Travel instructions may be found here . For participants staying at the Ibis Budget Hotel here are instructions how to reach the hotel and how to travel between the hotel and the University.

A map of the University campus may be found here.

Staying some extra days?

Paul Taylor maintains a page with some suggestions for exploring Birmingham and its environs. Feel free to ask one of the locals for more advice if you are interested.


We have reserved rooms until the 20th of March at the Ibis Budget Hotel. The price is £225.00 independent of whether you take a double room (one bed) or triple room (two beds) for 5 nights. Breakfast is an extra £29.00 per person for 5 days. Please write an email directly to Emma Boothe, quoting confirmation number 384704, and she will arrange the booking for you.

Last updated 17 January 2019.