Canary Wharf expansion for UCL’s School of Management

University College London has opened up space on a second floor of the tower block where its School of Management has been based since 2016

The School of Management at University College London (UCL) has opened up space on a second floor of its Canary Wharf tower block home.

Resident on level 38 of One Canada Square since 2016, demand has seen the school move into additional learning areas on level 50, ahead of the planned return of students and staff to campus during term three.

UCL reports that its School of Management programmes have been consistently oversubscribed, with student numbers growing 70% year-on-year throughout 2019/2020 and 2020/2021. Twelve additional academics were also taken on in 2020.

“Our location in the Canary Wharf business district gives us a clear competitive advantage from which our students and faculty will continue to benefit,” said Bert De Reyck, director of the UCL School of Management.

“I have no doubt that increasing our presence here will only enhance our ability to produce world-leading research, economic and societal impact, and innovative education for years to come.”

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Among the new facilities to be found on level 50 is a hybrid lecture theatre, allowing students to join sessions both remotely and in-person, with space for more than 90 to do the latter.

The expansion also features an executive education suite, flexible spaces to host conferences and large events, together with built-in video pods to allow interaction with students, colleagues and partners across the glove.

Level 50 has been fitted out by Canary Wharf Group (CWG) to high environmental, social and corporate governance standards, with 45% of the project expenditure going to companies based in its home borough, Tower Hamlets. Waste materials from fitting out the project were reused, recycled, or donated to local charities.

“We are delighted to offer UCL School of Management the modern, flexible environment that it needs to grow its home at Canary Wharf and continue delivering its leading education programmes,” said Richard Archer, managing director offices, CWG.

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