New city centre hub prepares to launch

Preparations are in full swing to open our latest facility in the centre of Bath under its new name - The Virgil Building.

On Monday 6 February, the support services for students will open their doors, including the Careers Service, Joblink, Students’ Union Student Development, Skills Centre and Student Services. The Widening Participation Office will also join the Department of Finance & Procurement which has been in residence since April 2015.

On Monday 20 February the new Learning Commons is scheduled to open, offering independent and group study spaces, an IT suite, training rooms and a café.

Artist's impression of study area

The new name pays tribute to the author of our University motto: ‘generatim discite cultus’. This phrase appears in The Georgics by Virgil at Book II, line 35, in a section where the poet is writing about understanding the nature of an organism in order to ensure it thrives.

In her 50th Anniversary speech at Bath Abbey, the President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell commented that the motto instructs us to "achieve an understanding of our world and strive to use our knowledge to ensure a sustainable future."

Steve Egan, Vice-President (Implementation), said: "I’m pleased to see the new facilities so close to opening. This marks a significant move for the University, enabling us to offer a range of services in the city as well as on Claverton campus.

"I’d like to thank all the staff involved, including Finance and Procurement who have been in place throughout and everyone relocating their services."

For further information on services and opening times visit and keep an eye on our Twitter account for photos inside the building in the countdown to opening.

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