Senate House to be renamed Senate House


By Maggie Sawant, Students’ Union Correspondent

The building is to close over the summer while construction works take place and will reopen fully in 2020.

Following intensive student consultation, it has been decided that Senate House should retain its original name.

As part of the process of transforming Senate House into a new student space, students were asked to rename the building. Nearly 2,000 responses were gathered through an online survey, workshops and a street survey.

The top 10 names were then surveyed by students. Senate House was chosen by 22 per cent of students, while 11 per cent chose 'Student Hub', 10 per cent 'Jo Cox Building' and 10 per cent 'Campus Heart'.

Lynn Robinson, Deputy Registrar, explained that the results of the survey seem ‘to show that what we call the building is less important than what goes on in it.’

‘We hope that this will be another step towards building a stronger community of students in the heart of our university.’

However, she said that the name of the building will be reconsidered after it reopens in September 2020 as a 'student-oriented building'

The renovated Senate House will have a two-storey food court and new SU bar.

While the construction works are taking place, Senate House will close from the 10 June to the 23 September.

The Information Point and Student Visa and Funding Office will relocate to 5 Tyndall Avenue until September 2020.

Over summer, the SU Living Room will be located in the Balloon Bar and the PGR Hub will organise pop up activities across campus over summer. Both will reopen in Senate House in September.

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