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Business is booming as cutting-edge new university building is unveiled
The University of Lincoln has completed the £6m conversion of a former office block into the new base for its Faculty of Business and Law. The move means it now offers some of the most cutting-edge facilities for business and law students anywhere in the UK.
Lincoln’s courses are already rated among the best in the country for student satisfaction. In the latest National Student Survey, its Accountancy programmes were ranked number one nationally for the second year running while the Tourism, Marketing, Business Studies and Management courses all rated in the top five.
The new Faculty of Business and Law building includes a spectacular 250-seat lecture theatre, a superb mock courtroom (or ‘moot court’) and an IT and languages suite fitted with the very latest technologies.
It also features a series of comfy communal areas, known as ‘learning lounges’, where staff and students can hold impromptu discussions between classes. Each one is fitted with giant flat screen monitors which can be used to run programs directly from laptops or memory sticks.
The aim is to encourage much greater interaction between undergraduates, postgraduates and academics than is seen in most academic institutions.
Dean of Faculty, Professor David Head, said: "This building has been designed to foster a strong sense of academic community and break down the traditional barriers which can hamper innovation. Almost all the rooms are glass-panelled and the building is flooded with natural light, creating a real sense of transparency and togetherness. It demonstrates our firm commitment to providing our students with the most exciting and up-to-date teaching and learning facilities available.
“This is a building that aligns academic space and the student experience unlike any other business and law faculty. From the outset, the intention was to create an environment that would engage with students. The building is intended to be an academic home where students will be encouraged to make full use of all its outstanding facilities and user-oriented spaces to assist them in individual and group work and to provide a unique learning experience."
The University of Lincoln was the highest riser of any UK university in The Times Good University Guide 2011. It achieved an increase in national research funding of more than 600 per cent following the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and received the highest possible rating in its latest Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) inspections.
The Faculty of Business and Law provides a broad portfolio of courses, including undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, professional qualifications and bespoke programmes, as well as engaging in a varied research programme. Its Lincoln Business School is a market leader in work-based learning and supported distance learning degree provision - distinctive features that it developed initially through its strong links with the Armed Forces.