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Improvement Works in the Graduate Centre

[03 April 2014]

Beginning 12 April 2014, at Easter, improvement works will take place in the Graduate Centre and elsewhere in the Students’ Union. The Graduate Centre works are scheduled for completion by Friday 9 May, with the Union works continuing until mid-September with breaks for exams.

Due to the scale of the work in the Union, their construction has to start at the Easter recess to be ready for the new session. The Graduate Centre has scheduled its works to coincide with the Union’s work to avoid disrupting students twice.

There will be some disruption to our service provision and significant noise disruption due to the Union works. The Graduate Centre has taken steps to minimise this disruption.

Two meeting rooms on the 4th Floor of the Students’ Union (Rooms 4G & 4H) have been booked as an alternative study space for postgraduate students. One room will be available as informal study space whilst the other will be offered as a quiet individual study room.

No work will take place during the period that examinations are in the Great Hall. A schedule of these quiet times is available to download from the Related Resources in the right-hand menu.

The Graduate Centre will continue to operate as best it can, but reserves the right to close if noise from the Union becomes a health and safety issue. To keep up to date, please see our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Links can be found in the right-hand menu.


What are the Improvements?

Carpet Replacement in the Computer Room & Corridor

We are replacing the old carpets in the Computer Room and corridor directly outside the Computer Room from Saturday 12 April to Friday 9 May..

Alternative printing: For those using computers in the study lounge, your nearest printer is located in the International Lounge, directly adjacent to the Graduate Centre (exit via the internal doors next to our Reception and walk straight ahead to the International Lounge).


Nearest alternative computer rooms, opening hours and locations are below:


Toilet Refurbishment

You asked for it, we are doing it! After feedback from postgraduates, we are completely overhauling our men’s and women’s toilets. Work will commence on Saturday 12 April, due to be completed by Friday 9 May. Your nearest alternative toilet facilities are located on the 3rd floor of the Students’ Union, across the stairwell, to the left of the Union offices.


Students’ Union Works

The Union’s nightclub, Solus, will have a major facelift which will create a more useable daytime space as well as improve its night-time function.

The work will begin on Saturday 12 April and will continue throughout the spring/summer until mid-September. The demolition and construction is likely to have an impact on noise levels throughout the Graduate Centre, most significantly in April and early May. We will continue to update our Facebook and Twitter pages regularly with more detailed information on the level of impact to be expected. If you are planning to come to the centre, please check these pages beforehand.

Thank you for your patience during this period. If you would like to raise any questions or comments regarding the work or disruption, please email us:

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