9 Jul 2015
Work begins on Graduate House
The redevelopment of the Angela Marmont building is underway, with crews working hard to transform it into the University’s first ever dedicated postgraduate facility.
Located in the centre of campus, Graduate House will be the hub of Graduate School activities. It is an exclusive area dedicated to postgraduate research and taught students.
Working with project manager Shaun Green in Facilities Management, all members of the Graduate School team have contributed to the design of Graduate House, along with representatives of the post-graduate student body. From deciding the layout of rooms, to selecting equipment, furniture and colour schemes, the joint vision has been to create a space that is functional and practical, yet attractive and conducive to learning and socialising.
Professor Andrew Dainty, Director of the Graduate School said: “This significant investment by both the University and the Loughborough University Development Trust will provide our postgraduate student community with devoted training facilities, study and social space. Graduate House will enable our students to interact in new ways, both through Graduate School programmes and via student-led activities, thereby helping foster interdisciplinary dialogue amongst our postgraduate taught and research populations.”
The prospect of Graduate House is already creating a buzz amongst the current postgraduate students at Loughborough University. Sarah Brooke, Postgraduate Research Student President 2014-15, said: “Graduate House will be immensely useful as a focal point for the Graduate School, which has been a virtual entity up until now. I’m looking forward to seeing the facility becoming a hive of activity for postgraduate students and to be the place to go for anything postgrad-related."
Paul Brack, Postgraduate Research Student Representative Coordinator 2014-15 comments: “Graduate House will allow postgraduate students to more easily make friendships and connect with students from areas of the campus into which they might never go. This will serve to foster a true sense of community within the postgraduate student body.”
Graduate House is expected to be ready for use by September 2015 and plans are in place for its official opening as well as a Graduate House-warming party.
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