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Openings and re-namings reshaping the UNNC experience

The official opening of two new student facilities and the renaming of a famous campus landmark have contributed to a fresh new student experience to kick off the 2016/17 academic year at UNNC.

As well as leading a UoN and City of Nottingham delegation to Ningbo, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Greenaway took time to officially rename the Student Services Building. Renamed the Portland Building in honour of William Arthur Henry Cavendish-Bentinck (7th Duke of Portland and 2nd Chancellor of The University of Nottingham), it houses similar student-focused services to the building of the same name on the Nottingham campus.

At the ceremony, Sir David said that the renaming would bring a certain level of symmetry to the student experience at the University of Nottingham. “It's great when students go to our other campuses, and they know what to expect from a Portland Building,” he said. “It’s a continuation of the values and traditions of the University of Nottingham.”

The renaming was immediately followed by the official opening of The Hub, the new student support centre which is located on the ground floor of the Portland Building. Before cutting the opening tape, UNNC Provost Chris Rudd declared his admiration for the organisers of the project and for the University students to which The Hub is dedicated. “Most of all it’s for our talented students,” he said. “It’s the new one-stop shop for all student services.”

The previous day, UNNC students also welcomed another new campus feature with the opening of the Learning Garden. Located on the first floor of the Library building, the Learning Garden is an indoor and outdoor space that is light, airy and tranquil. It is also a tech-rich environment where students can hook up to hi-performance laptops, audio and video editing software and a 3D printer!

Speaking at the opening, President of the University of Nottingham Council, John Mills, pointed out that it was essential for academic supporters to “create a fabulous learning and teaching environment for students and a great teaching experience.”


Dr. Jennifer Weinman, Executive Director of Global Student Experience, welcomes guests to Tuesday’s ceremony


Provost Chris Rudd and President of the UNNC Student Union, Zhu Aijia, officially open The Hub

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Provost Chris Rudd and Vice Chancellor Professor Sir David Greenaway unveil the plaque of the renamed Portland Building


Vice-Provost for Teaching & Learning, Uwe Aickelin and President of the University of Nottingham Council, John Mills officially open the Learning Garden.






Posted on 20 September 2016