INFRASTRUCTURE

University of Glasgow reveals plans for new postgraduate taught hub

SOURCE: The Construction Index
The new teaching hub is part of Glasgow's campus development plan.

The University of Glasgow recently approved plans to deliver a unique hub for its Postgraduate Taught (PGT) students that will also serve as a new location for the Adam Smith Business School. 

Designed by Hassell, the £86 million development will include modern and collaborative teaching and learning spaces for postgraduate students. 

It will also enhance the student experience within the Adam Smith Business School with the expansion of more world-class teaching, learning and research facilities. 

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This will be the fourth major building project to be delivered under the university’s £1 billion Campus Development Programme which aims to redevelop the West End region of the campus across several years to refurbish old structures and make way for modern state-of-the-art facilities. 

Construction on the new postgraduate learning space is expected to commence this July and will be completed in 2022.

The new building will be extensively landscaped to create a welcoming ambience as a gateway into the expanded campus. 

It will be located on the site’s southern boundary, on Dumbarton Road and adjacent to Kelvingrove Museum and Kelvin Hall.

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The new hub will deliver collaborative teaching and learning facilities for students. Source: Toa Heftiba/Unsplash. 

According to the University of Glasgow Head of the Adam Smith Business School Professor John Finch, the new postgraduate taught facility will create spaces for analytical, entrepreneurial and sustainable learning, teaching and research that will be driven by the school’s academics’ curiosity and address international and local challenges in business, organisations and the economy. 

“It will increase the scope for cross-disciplinary collaboration, creating inspiring spaces which facilitate innovation and support our students in their learning and teaching within and beyond their degree programmes,” he said. 

“The unique Postgraduate Teaching Hub will accommodate growth and will mean we can place business skills at the very heart of our PGT student experience, enhancing employability and adding value to a wide range of programmes across the University.”

Meanwhile, the University of Glasgow Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli mentioned that the project will be instrumental to elevate the Adam Smith Business School to become one of the world’s leading business schools while revolutionising the postgraduate taught experience across campus. 

The Adam Smith Business School already has a striking repertoire in the business sector with accreditations from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), and the Association of MBAs (AMBA) as well as its programmes being ranked by the Financial Times, QS and The Economist. 

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This marks the fourth major development for University of Glasgow’s Campus Development Programme with its first phase of development (from years 2017 to 2021) including other building and facility refurbishments such as the College of Arts Building, a £113 million research hub, and other infrastructure improvements. 

“The new building will form a gateway between the city’s cultural quarter and the new campus square, and embody both the University’s long-standing civic partnership and its cutting-edge modern architecture,” said Hassel principle Julian Gitsham. 

“Through outstanding teaching, research and creative workplaces for students, academics and staff, the new school will facilitate industry and academic collaborations, and drive research and innovation.”