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13 May 2013, 13:26 | Updated: 13 May 2013, 14:17
Minister for Universities and Science, the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, has officially opened the University of Bedfordshire’s new Postgraduate and Continuing Professional Development centre in Luton.
The £20 million building is the first to explicitly bring together PG and CPD study and students in a University setting, and one of fewer than 10 such centres in the UK.
Following a construction period of just over 12 months, the first lectures and seminars took place in the centre in February 2013.
Two-thirds of the five-storey building is dedicated to teaching and the rest to social and support areas, including a cafe, games room, lounge and cinema space.
Teaching space includes two Harvard-style lecture theatres, as well as state of the art IT and AV equipment. The building links directly to the University Business School.
The Centre was built to accommodate the University’s growing PG and CPD offer and student numbers, providing a modern professional environment that enhances the student experience. The Centre’s project board was managed by Professor Ashraf Jawaid, Deputy Vice Chancellor (External Relations).