Roll up, roll up… Imperial can do you a deal

Imperial College seems so certain it is going ahead with its Wye development plan it is even offering a discount on residential courses in the village to ‘celebrate’. The special deal, detailed on Imperial’s website here, says that visitors can ‘enjoy ten per cent off all new bookings for residential conferences held at our Withersdane Conference Centre’ until July 31, 2006.

Special Wye deal

Cut price conference breaks… courtesy of the Concordat

Strangely enough, the special offer makes no mention of the fact that the Concordat is ‘only an idea not a plan’, as the college and its council sponsors continue to insist. Instead the organisation’s own website says the price cuts are ‘to celebrate the recent announcement of a £1 billion investment in Imperial College London’s Wye campus over the next 10 years’.

The deal makes much of Wye’s features, though it stresses the venue is a ‘budget’ location for ‘affordable’ residential facilities, a fact not lost on Wye students who have watched the steady lack of investment in the college’s infrastructure over the years.

But the real delight of Wye is clear in the glowing advertising copy.

Located just 60 miles east of London in the North Downs ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, Wye’s Old College was originally founded in 1447 by Cardinal John Kempe, a son of Wye, as a College for the training of secular priests.

At Conference Link, Wye’s official Conference Office, an outstanding choice of conference, banqueting, exhibition, accommodation and hospitality facilities await you at two distinct and beautifully appointed sites that marry Wye’s historic splendour that of a modern conference venue.

How much of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will remain if Imperial gets its way is a matter of some conjecture. But by that stage the college will have trousered so much cash it will doubtless have little need to offer ten per cent discounts to visiting conferences. We hope visitors flock to take up this offer… and enjoy the area while they still can.

To get the deal, all you need do is call up the sales team and say — we are not making this up — ‘I’m Special!’


About David Hewson

Professional novelist, published in more than 20 languages. Creator of the Nic Costa series set in modern Rome, Pieter Vos in Amsterdam, adaptions of the Sarah Lund stories in Copenhagen, and versions of Shakespeare worked for Audible.
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