Start of the transformation at University College

May 16 / 182

University Chancellor Elizabeth Alexander has turned the ceremonial sod to mark the first stage of the University College 2017 Project. 

In a gathering before the turning of the sod, the Chancellor spoke fondly of her connection to the College, spanning back to her university days when she visited friends who lived there. 

The UC 2017 Project will see a complete transformation of the College with new accommodation wings, an iconic new dining hall, additional tutorial spaces and more open green spaces for students to relax and study in. 

Head of College, Dr Jennifer McDonald says UC has been providing a welcoming and supportive residential learning environment for university students for almost 80 years. 

“UC is home to a vibrant and diverse cohort of undergraduate and graduate students. Living at UC gives students the opportunity to belong to a friendly, relaxed and supportive community where everybody knows each other.

“The UC 2017 Project presents a unique opportunity to reimagine our College. It will give more students access to the UC experience and provide first-class facilities and rooms. This project will result in a truly remarkable transformation of UC, and I’m delighted that we will be able to offer 120 extra college places in 2017.”

The Chancellor was also joined by the University’s Director of Chancellery Projects, Vanessa Campbell and Vice-Principal Policy and Projects, Dr Julie Wells and other key stakeholders including – architects Lovell Chen, builders Contract Control, representatives from NAB, CCS and HWLE, and UC students, Council members and staff. 

Story by Quyen Do.

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