Facade of Learning & Teaching building, University of Strathclyde

Campus updateLearning & Teaching Building

New teaching hub

The new building, in the heart of our city-centre campus, brings the majority of our student support services, new students' union, as well as first-class teaching and learning facilities under one roof.

Highlights of the building include:

  • student learning village (lecture theatres, study and social spaces)
  • brand new Students' Union
  • new location and facilities for Strathclyde Doctoral School
  • dedicated spaces for student support facilities (including wellbeing room, access, equality and inclusion, international student support team, careers and employability, and many more)

The Learning and Teaching building will focus on all aspects of the student journey - from your very first days with us through to supporting you after graduation and beyond.

What's inside the Learning & Teaching building

Check out how the building looks

Transforming the student experience

The £60 million Learning & Teaching building project represents our biggest single investment in a campus project to date. The building will become a beacon for teaching and learning excellence.

Our new facility brings together the former Architecture and Colville buildings, and also reuses the former shells and cores of both of these buildings. It places student-facing services at the centre of the campus, and gives access to new ways of teaching.

The development also meets the needs of our student population, growing in size and diversity. There's a projected growth of 30% in the number of our overseas students over the next five years.

The Learning & Teaching building also greatly enhances the built environment and perception of the campus, becoming a structure befitting of Strathclyde’s position as a world-leading technological University and a place of useful learning.

Aerial view of the Learning and Teaching Building and Rottenrow Gardens looking east

Building named after inspirational women

In 2021, we held a consultation to name the two wings of the Learning and Teaching building after inspirational women that the University would like to honour.

The University community was asked to vote from a list of five women (selected by a committee of students and staff). Following more than 4,400 votes, the two wings of the building and the plaza, which connects the two wings, were named as follows:

  • The Professor Mary Dunn Wing – in honour of the University’s first female professor and Head of Department
  • The Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell Wing – in recognition of the renowned Astrophysicist, the first women President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Institute of Physics
  • The Professor Jackie Kay Plaza - in recognition of the award-winning poet and author who, in 2016, was appointed the new Scots Makar

Speaking after the vote, Professor Sir Jim McDonald said: "It is fitting that this important building will be named after inspirational people who have made a fantastic impact on the world around them – and I hope it will inspire our future leaders in engineering, science, business, humanities and social sciences, to do the same, whatever career path they choose to follow."

We are now actively looking at how we will honour the other names on the shortlist – the philanthropist Isabella Elder who helped widen access to education in the 1900s, and the botanist, bacteriologist and biologist Professor Blodwen Binns.

Did you know?

Facts about the building:

  • the building has 'bring your own device' technology so you can present your ideas to groups anywhere in the building
  • it was built with sustainability in mind – by re-using fabric from the existing buildings, it’s achieved a 67% carbon reduction on a new build project
  • the building has a green roof to encourage biodiversity

The transformation of our campus reflects our commitment to our students and our status as a leading international technological University.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald
Principal & Vice Chancellor

Students' Union

The Learning and Teaching building is the stunning new home for StrathUnion at the centre of campus. It brings the outside in, with beautiful trees and green spaces in the heart of our indoor space - The Terrace - where it all happens! 

Whether you’re looking to enjoy the amazing year-round events programme of live music and sport, chill out, or get involved with more than 100 clubs and societies, the new space has something for you.

Find out more about the Students' Union

A truly unique space, run by students for students. The new Union transforms the student experience at Strathclyde -  not only do we have one building bringing all student services together, we have a purpose built student union focused on the needs of students now and into the future. This building is a game changer for Strathclyders and we can’t wait to welcome you.

Manish Joshi
Chief Executive, Strathclyde Students' Union