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New law building opens at University of Derby

Published: Tuesday, 06 October 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The University of Derby has officially opened its new law building, providing learning spaces for hundreds of new law and criminology students.

One Friar Gate Square – known as the ‘copper building’ – houses all aspects of the law courses under one roof and should help meet booming demand for places to study at undergraduate level at the university.

The £20 million office block was completed in 2013 but had stood empty until the university decided to lease it in May.

Once the deal was agreed, staff at the university had around seven weeks to prepare the building for the autumn term, with Derby Law School project officer saying that everyone had to put a shift in.

She explained that the building was completely open plan and so the interior layout had to be developed from scratch.

Describing it as having a ‘blank canvas’ to work with, she said university staff had been able to design the building in a manner that best suits the different needs of the law department.

Some 32,000 square foot of space exists within the building which is spread across six storeys which provides work spaces, meeting rooms, a library for lecture rooms and two court rooms.

The university’s acting head of law Scott Atkins said it is “amazing” to have the entire law department under one roof before adding that the move should benefit students too.

He said they will be nearer to the city centre as well as to main courts and legal offices, helping students to develop good working relationships with local businesses during their time at the university too.

Mr Atkins added that application numbers for places on law courses are rising continuously and numbers for the 2016 intake could be the highest on record.

The law school will also house the Institute of Policing once it is created, providing a setting from which to develop international policing and criminal justice.

The University of Derby already has links with police in Malaysia and could soon expand into the Middle and Far East

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