2016 year in review

Campus Developments in 2016

As the year draws to an end we take a look back on how campus has changed in the space of just 12 months.

The development of our estate and infrastructure remains a key factor in the University‘s ability to achieve its strategic goals. This sustained period of change and improvement is enabling us to respond to new challenges and opportunities to underpin our future success.

Major schemes completed in 2016


Large schemes progressed well

A number of large investment schemes have also seen part project completion during 2016 and have included the handover of two thirds of the Edward Boyle Library in autumn. A sizeable proportion of the School of Chemical and Process Engineering refurbishment has completed alongside the completion of Level 11 of the Worsley Building also including the opening of PURE café.

Art on Campus

In 2016 a number of significant artworks including some newly commissioned, restored and acquired on long-term loan arrived on campus, contributing to our vision of creating an inspirational campus.

We welcomed back one of the largest pieces of art – Untitled Bas-Relief, an aluminium sculpture by Hubert Dalwood. The work originally adorned the University’s Bodington Hall of residence. It has now been installed in a new home on the stage@leeds building.

Nearby is Dual Form by the great British sculptor Barbara Hepworth, on loan for five years from the Leeds Art Gallery.

Find out more about the Leeds University Union project.


The big stories of 2016…

Botany £1M refurbishment complete

Major refurbishment complete

The £1m smart refurbishment of Botany House has created a newly transformed space for the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science.

This new facility provides an inspired environment for Postgraduates and teaching staff to further enhance the School’s research capabilities.

Louise Hawksworth, School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Manager said:

“The refurbishment of Botany House is a huge step for the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science. It means we have been able to rethink how we use our accommodation, including existing space in Michael Sadler and Baines Wing, to allow for improved facilities for our staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and visitors. Up until now, the School has been spread out over seven buildings, but now it feels like PRHS has a home right in the heart of campus.”

The school is the only one of its kind enabling creative and critical future thinkers in higher education. The new site will provide a dedicated space for students to continue exploring philosophy, religion, and history of science in unparalleled depth and breadth.

View the new image gallery below (click to expand)

Find out more about the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science.