Our new School of Management building opens today, offering an airy, open layout which aims to foster collaboration and encourage students, academics and employers to work together.
Situated at the main entrance to campus, it was designed by pioneering British architects Hopkins, responsible for award-winning buildings including the London 2012 Velodrome and Wellcome Trust’s Gibbs Building.
The new space will co-locate all School staff, who have vacated campus office, GTA and study spaces for reuse, and offers a range of new facilities, including:
- a student entrepreneurship lab, Incepta, to work on business creation and innovation
- an Employability Hub for visiting industry partners to help prepare students for the workplace
- The Pavilion café, where students, faculty and employers can meet, study and work
- a Behavioural Research Lab to study real and digital environments
- nine lecture theatres and a 250-seat auditorium
The new building will help support the School realise its ambition to be an international Top 50 QS Ranked Business School. The research and teaching facilities are state of the art and will help to further the international reputation of both the School and the University.
Professor Steve Brammer, Dean of the School of Management, said: “It’s extremely exciting to be moving into this wonderful new facility.
“Since Professor Veronica Hope-Hailey, our former Dean, started this project in 2016 we have been looking forward to working together in a single building.
“I can’t wait to see this space foster dynamic and engaging new research, teaching and collaboration for many years to come.”
Professor Ian White, Vice-Chancellor, said: “The opening of this impressive building has been the result of great commitment and devotion by the University project team and colleagues from across the University who have worked closely with the contractors to produce this important facility.”
“The building will be an important new home for the School of Management. I am looking forward to the exceptional learning, teaching, research and innovation it will help to inspire in our staff and students.”