£9m Lancaster building to be blessed by Archbishop of York

The Chancellor of the University of Cumbria, the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, is to visit the university’s Lancaster campus later this month to formally bless the new teaching block named after him.

The £9million Sentamu building, part funded by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP), was opened in September by LEP chairman Edwin Booth. The building, which includes eight teaching rooms, a lecture theatre and student facilities, will help support the creation of more than 700 new health and social care jobs in the region by 2024.

“We’re delighted Dr Sentamu has agreed to come to see the building which is already making a significant difference to the university just months after opening,” Vice Chancellor Prof Julie Mennell said. “To be able to offer state of the art facilities for students and host conferences in such creative and inspiring surroundings is making a big difference to the Lancaster campus.”

Guests at the blessing, to be held on January 24th, will hear Dr Sentamu speak about the values of the university and the difference it has made since it was created ten years ago.

“The University of Cumbria has seen thousands of students achieve more than they thought possible and it has been part of transforming communities across the country,” Dr Sentamu said. “It has been a privilege to be Chancellor during this period of growth and I am deeply honoured to have named after me a building in a place of learning and human flourishing.”

The Sentamu Building, Lancaster campus, University of Cumbria

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