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A new home for world-class teaching, research and enterprise

(19 March 2021)

We’re celebrating the launch of the latest addition to our campus – a new, world-class home for our Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science departments.

The new building provides state-of-the-art facilities for students and researchers alike and is home to a dedicated space for enterprise and entrepreneurship so our talented students can bring their ideas to reality.

Integration and collaboration

The £42 million building provides cutting-edge learning, teaching and study spaces. It will enable both departments to more than double in size, welcoming more undergraduate and post graduate students, as well as researchers, academics and support staff.

The building has been designed to bring students and staff even closer together, fostering further collaboration between the two departments whilst also acting as a focal point for their engagement with industry.

Local tech consultancy Scott Logic are one such industry partner, whose collaborations have been recognised in the naming of the new Scott Logic Lecture Theatre within the new building.

Enterprise and entrepreneurship

The building is also home to the Hazan Venture Lab, a first-of-its-kind space at Durham, dedicated to supporting student enterprise.

Managed by our Careers and Enterprise Centre, it will host everything from business advice sessions to events where students can pitch their business ideas.

It is named after Durham University graduate Jonathan Hazan, who donated £500,000 to support the development of the Venture Lab.

Virtual launch, tangible benefits

In line with Covid-19 restrictions the launch was a virtual event, featuring a special guest talk from celebrated tech pioneer and philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley.

We are looking forward to welcoming students, researchers and staff to this fantastic hub for teaching and innovation, which gives our students and researchers the ideal platform for success. 

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