Students arriving for the start of the new academic year at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln this week have found that a number of improvements have been made to the campus.
The university has spent around £6.5 million over the summer on upgrading accommodation, catering facilities and learning spaces.
A new modern accommodation facility for 126 students has replaced an older hall of residence, and together with the extensive refurbishment of Constance Stewart Hall has resulted in a net increase in rooms on campus of 23.
The dining facilities in Constance Stewart Hall are being replaced by a new building closer to the new accommodation block and the university’s quirky Alice in Wonderland-themed café Curiositea has been refurbished and enlarged.
On the teaching side a new Psychology lab has been created for students who are enrolling for the first time on BGU’s psychology degree course, which can be studied in conjunction with a number of different subjects.
The £6.5m investment is the latest stage in a programme of improvements at Bishop Grosseteste University. Last year £2.5m was invested in an extension to the library – the Cornerstone Building- which is now home to Library Services and the Student Support and Learning Advice teams.
A £250,000 project to remodel the campus main entrance and reception area was also completed last year and £75,000 was spent on converting Bishop Greaves Theatre into The Venue, a state-of-the-art digital cinema which can also stage theatrical productions.
“We have a beautiful campus in uphill Lincoln but we never stand still and we are always looking at ways in which we can improve the student experience here,” said Stephen Deville, Director of Resources at Bishop Grosseteste University.
“Students are very discerning these days and we’re confident that the investments we’ve made on campus in recent years will make BGU a very attractive destination for them.”