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HELIX: New space for digital innovation

Last updated on 25 October 2023

Over 700 delegates at the Digital Universities UK Conference this week will have the opportunity to preview a cutting-edge new space on campus for digital innovation – HELIX.


The new space, developed by the Facilities Directorate (FD) on behalf of the Digital Education Service (DES) and others across the University, and built by construction company Overbury, will be one of the stops on tour of digital expertise on campus.

Ann Allen, Director of Campus Innovation and Development said:

“The FD supports the University by creating amazing spaces and experiences on campus that enable students and staff to achieve their potential.

State-of-the-art equipment

With state-of-the-art equipment such as the only Omnideck in the UK, HELIX will facilitate the development, testing and delivery of digital learning assets to support student education.  It further cements the position of the University at the forefront of digital provision.

Users will have access to immersive technology, prototyping equipment, and multimedia production studios. It will encourage community: a core value for the University and the FD – and is a major step in the University’s digital transformation strategy.”

When will it launch?

HELIX is in the final stages of its build and will be open for general use in May.

The Times Higher Education Digital Universities UK Conference is being hosted by the University of Leeds from 17-20 April.

“HELIX is a brilliant example of a collaborative space that will bring together a whole host of people – students, cross-faculty academics and external stakeholders – to create and learn.”

To find out more about the project, please visit the DES webpage. To get more updates from Estates and Facilities, visit our news section here.

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