With a glass exterior and an alluring spacious and light interior, the building pivots around two open plan atria and spans seven floors.
Students can enjoy state of the art teaching and learning facilities including: - Dedicated Student Hub - Careers and Employability Hub - Lecture theatres - Seminar rooms configured for various learning styles and activities - Dedicated IT and technology suites with PCs, Macs and laptops - Group study zones - Individual study spaces throughout - Free WiFi throughout
There are laptop bars with power sockets on each of upper floors of the building where you can plug in your own laptop, connect to the network and work independently.
Dedicated facilities for postgraduate and PhD students
The seventh floor is a professional, exclusive area for our postgraduate, MBA and PhD students where teaching and seminars take place. The PhD suite is a fully equipped workspace for our researchers with PC hot desks. There are social and study spaces throughout this floor that overlook Manchester’s skyline.
Teaching and learning spaces
Our teaching rooms throughout the building have been configured to accommodate different teaching styles and the preferred learning styles of different groups. For example, some of the seminar rooms have a cabaret (round tables and chairs) layout to facilitate group discussion whilst others have a Harvard style (horseshoe shape) seating plan to encourage interaction between students and the lecturer.
Lecture theatres Our lecture theatres can seat between 70 and 250 people and are designed to be impressive arenas for any presentation – from a guest lecture to a conference keynote speech.
Study spaces The building was designed to create a comfortable, light-filled study environment. Since one of the main construction materials is glass, you will be able to look up from your work and enjoy views across Manchester or across the building’s two atria.
There are lots of different study spaces to choose from. There are comfy settees and coffee tables where you can discuss group projects, fully-equipped group work areas where you can practice your presentation skills and quieter areas where you have space to lay out your papers and work on essays and assignments.
If you prefer a silent study environment, you can also find this in the Sir Kenneth Green University Library, which is next door to the business school.
Boasting a range of on-site amenities, you will have all you need while you are studying here. These include:
Hub Café and coffee shops, where you can purchase hot and cold drinks and a range of refreshments
Hub Kitchen, where a range of hot and cold food is served throughout the day
Secure lockers to store any personal items
Secure cycle racks outside the building
Your one stop shop for all student life enquiries, the student hub is located on the ground floor of the building and provides full range of information and advice including:
As well as being an iconic addition to Manchester’s contemporary cityscape, the business school building enjoys strong environmental credentials. Designed by acclaimed sustainable architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, it has been constructed to the highest standards of energy efficiency and sustainable development currently achievable.
Our commitment to environmental sustainability is underpinned by the building being recognised for the certification of 'Excellent' under the BREEAM environmental assessment scheme.
Key features include:
Bore holes that provide the building with natural/untreated water that is used to cool or heat the building
Rooms are illuminated with energy efficient, daylight sensitive and proximity controlled lighting
Restrooms that use low water appliances and the toilets are flushed with ‘grey’ (untreated) water
Recycling stations positioned throughout the building enable staff and students to recycle as much waste as possible
Sourcing, where possible, materials and products from local manufacturers to reduce the impact of transporting goods
Choosing products with zero ozone depletion potential and zero global warming potential
Avoiding, where possible, the use of products that emit toxic substances in their manufacture
Business School awards
Since opening, the Business School has attracted significant recognition. These include: