University College London (UCL) has celebrated the opening of its £11.4m
The building (pictured below) is designed to be a centre for collaboration between the university and the business community.
It will house UCL’s new Department of Management Science and Innovation, as well as the university’s entrepreneurship centre, UCL Advances.
The new department will teach around 2,000 students research and business topics, while UCL Advances will provide non-degree education on the commercial aspects of innovation for engineers and researchers.
Features of the building include a first-floor teaching space dedicated to training businesses in technology management and an exhibition space currently being used to showcase a solar car designed and built in UCL Mechanical Engineering.
Prof Steve Currall, vice-dean of enterprise and head of the Department of Management Science and Innovation, said: ‘We have a vision of UCL as a hub for enterprise and innovation activities and that is why we have made this significant investment.
‘Our aim in the long term is that this will lead to new discoveries that have a positive impact on society.’