Tuesday the 23rd July 2012 marked the start of an exciting new phase in the future of our award winning Students' Union building.
As the University offers congratulations to all its students who have just attended graduation ceremonies, the builders are now free to move in to start work on bringing University House together with the Students' Union to create the new Students' Union building which will improve and enhance its facilities for staff, students and visitors.
The majority of the Students' Union will remain open during this time and wayfinding signs will point the way round this affected part of the campus. The first step is to make the site safe and this will mean Glossop Lane and the route from the concourse to the Octagon will be closed. All access to the Octagon will be from Western Bank. This arrangement is planned to be eased for the start of the academic year. This initial phase will also include demolition of the University House entrance structure and Octagon link bridge.
The extensive building work means that a number of student services have been relocated. These include the Student Services Information Desk (SSiD) Student Jobshop and the Student Advice Centre.
SSiD will reopen at 9am tomorrow, Tuesday 24 July, in its new home in Gallery Room 4 on level four of the Students' Union. Meanwhile, the Student Jobshop has closed but students and staff can access the Jobshop services throughout August by phone, email and myVacancies, the Careers Service online vacancy system. The Jobshop will reopen at 285 Glossop Road on Monday 3 September.
Other student services have already been relocated in preparation for the building project. In June Registry Services, Income and Cash Office, Taught Programmes Office, Student Support and Guidance (including International Student Support) moved to Edgar Allen House on Glossop Road. More recently, the Student Advice Centre relocated from the Students' Union to 285 Glossop Road and is open for business as normal.
In addition to the relocation of student services, City View Café, New Leaf salad bar and the Pool Room are now closed for the duration of the building project. However food and drink will still be available from:
New food outlets will also open on 20 August with hot food, including South East Asian, Mexican dishes and all day breakfasts, available on the concourse (between the Students' Union and the Alfred Denny Building) and a new café in the Krebbs Room in Firth Court.
The new building will be home to a number of complementary services and facilities provided by the Students' Union, the University and private operators. It will include student services and space for student activities as well as shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, spaces for the whole University community to share with improved accessibility for disabled students and visitors.
The work has been carefully planned in phases to minimise disruption and is scheduled to be fully operational in September 2013.
The new and integrated building will be designed to meet the needs of everyone on campus. Renamed the Students' Union building, it will help create a strong sense of community and belonging at the heart of the campus for both staff and students.
You can get more information on the project on the Estates web pages at www.sheffield.ac.uk/efm/currentprojects/students-union-building. Or by visiting the Students' Union website, www.sheffieldsu.com/su-building-project/
Work is also starting on redesigning the Management School. The building is being completely refurbished to create a 21st-century research and learning environment – a dynamic hub which will stimulate study, thought and the proactive exchange of ideas. It is scheduled to open in April 2013.
The Management School is the largest department in the Faculty of Social Sciences and one of the largest in the University, with over 70 staff and more than 1800 students. It has won the coveted status of Triple Crown, by achieving awards from the three largest and most influential business school accreditation associations.
Following the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, the Management School joins the top one per cent of centres across the world – 57 globally and just 14 in the UK – to be awarded by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and the AACSB.
Key to its continuing development and success is the school's physical location in a fit-for-purpose building. Its aim is to provide a first-class environment where students can learn, academics can collaborate on outstanding research and corporate partnerships can flourish.
This will allow the school to inform the practice of management and make a difference to the local and international community. To support these ambitions, the school will move to Crookesmoor in 2013.
Professor Keith Glaister, Dean of the Management School, said: "It is an exciting time in the school. We have invested £11.3 million in the refurbishment of the Crookesmoor building to create world- class teaching, learning and business engagement space. With our investment in staff for specific roles in marketing, student experience, business development, alumni and careers activities and new branding, we're building a dynamic new future."
For more information on this project see: http://www.shef.ac.uk/efm/currentprojects