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Round 2 is a residential weekend for the best sixteen competitors in Round 1, and generally takes place at the end of March. It is hosted by a university which volunteers to cover most of the costs and all the local arrangements in return for the publicity generated among hundreds of UKLO schools.

The UKLO community is very grateful to these universities which have made round 2 possible:

The following are some notes on what is involved in hosting Round 2:

  • Guests: 16 teenagers (mostly 16-18 years old, both male and female, but including a scattering of younger pupils) plus three experienced tutors.
  • Timing: from early Friday evening (about 5 pm) to early afternoon on Sunday (about 2 pm), usually in the last weekend in March (but this is negotiable).
  • Accommodation and domestic arrangements:
    • separate bedrooms for teenagers if possible, and certainly for the tutors.
      • In the event of twin rooms, a boy and a girl should not be assigned to the same twin room. if there are an odd number of boys and girls when sorting twin rooms, one boy and one girl should be assigned to have a single room each ( e.g. 13 boys and 3 girls: 6 twin rooms for boys, 1 twin room for girls, 1 single for 1 boy and 1 single for 1 girl). If there are an even number of boys and girls, single rooms won’t be necessary.
      • when reserving rooms, please allow for an extra (17th) competitor, whose expenses UKLO will cover.
      • final numbers will be confirmed in late February.
    • a meeting room for 20, with separable tables and chairs – i.e. not a lecture room – within a few minutes walk from the bedrooms.
    • meals within a few minutes walk:
      • Friday, Saturday dinner
      • Saturday, Sunday breakfast and lunch.
  • Finances:
    • The package typically costs between £3,000 and £5,000, depending on the host institution’s financial arrangements (e.g. whether it charges full commercial rates for accommodation).
    • The host institution meets as much of the costs as possible.
    • UKLO can offer a subsidy of up to £1,000.
    • Guests pay nothing.
  • Services provided for guests:
    • Student volunteers to meet the guests at the local railway station.
    • A talk from a local linguist for the Friday evening.
    • Transport (typically taxis) to and from the station.
    • Light refreshments for the middle of Saturday morning and afternoon.
  • Timetable:
    • Friday: 5-6 arrivals and settling in before supper, followed by a lecture and general discussion.
    • Saturday: intensive all-day training sessions till bedtime, with breaks just for meals and refreshments.
    • Sunday: breakfast followed by the 3-hour round 2 test, then lunch and farewells.