University of Strathclyde unveils designs for £60m learning and teaching hub
The facility, which represents the University’s biggest single investment in a building project to date, will provide students with leading-edge teaching resources, digital technologies and new modes of learning that will support a first-class student experience.
Designed by BDP, the hub is being developed in close consultation with the University’s student community, and will also become the new base for Strathclyde’s student union and students’ association, as well as bringing the University’s student support services under one roof. The plans form part of a wider £650m investment in transforming the Strathclyde campus over the current decade – including a new centre for sports, health and wellbeing and research and innovation hubs that connect Strathclyde’s world-class research to high-tech industry and business.
The teaching and learning hub will:
The new facility will be created in the footprint of the former Architecture and Colville buildings. The detailed design stage is now underway to ensure that the new facility offers the flexibility for new, digitally-enhanced modes of teaching and learning, including lecture capture and ‘flipped classrooms’, where students use class sessions for discussion and interactive group work.
Strathclyde Principal Professor Sir Jim McDonald said: “Our students are at the heart of everything we do at Strathclyde and the transformation of our campus reflects both our commitment to our students’ education and our status as a leading international technological university.
“Our student population is expanding and becoming increasingly diverse. The new teaching and learning hub will create innovative space for teaching and learning at the very heart of our campus, while giving easy access to the University’s support and advice services.
“We’re working in collaboration with our students to create an exciting and inspiring environment, which together with our new centre for sport and health will help ensure our campus offers a first-class experience for many years to come.”
The investment is the latest in a series of campus developments, which include:
Completion of the learning and teaching facility is due in 2020.