New Management School officially unveiled 

07/10/2010 09:00 


The Lord Mayor of Cardiff Cllr. Keith Hyde was the guest of honour at a ‘key-handover ceremony’ today to celebrate the unveiling of the new £20m Cardiff School of Management building at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC).

Lord Mayor of Cardiff with Neal Stephens of Willmott DixonHe was joined by more than 100 guests including members of the Welsh business community, key political figures and VIPs at the cutting-edge new building which has reinforced the university’s credentials as a leading centre in the UK for teaching and research in subjects including Business, Finance, Hospitality, and Tourism, and provides state-of-the-art facilities for more than 160 staff and 2,000 students over four floors and 7,800 square metres.

Speaking at the event the Lord Mayor of Cardiff Cllr. Keith Hyde said: “UWIC is not only investing in itself but continues to invest in Cardiff - and we in the city are very proud of this. There are many new innovations in management today and I can see them reflected in this building. It will open many doors for students in their future.”

Constructed by Willmott Dixon and designed by internationally renowned architects Austin-Smith:Lord, it includes two large lecture theatres with audio visual systems, three Harvard style lecture theatres, breakout spaces, a range of formal and informal learning and teaching areas, IT suites, a café with garden terrace, a professionally equipped training kitchen, restaurant and bar and cutting-edge research and enterprise facilities.

A striking glass atrium runs through the entire length of the building as a feature point of the new School together with its distinct staircase and exhibition space for artwork from UWIC’s Cardiff School of Art and Design. Copper cladding is also used as a design feature on the outside walls of the building.

Demonstrating its strong links to the business world, more than twenty leading organisations and companies, including John Lewis, Admiral Group, Deloitte and the Wales Millennium Centre, are sponsoring teaching rooms and lecture theatres in the new building. They will also provide guest speakers for lectures and events and quality work placement opportunities for students.

As well as teaching the business leaders of the future, the building is also a resource for the present business community. The School is working with its wide network of partner organisations to ensure its expertise, knowledge and facilities are deployed to help Wales realise its full economic and social potential. Its conference and meeting rooms are being used for seminars, conferences and networking events and a range of professional development courses on leadership and management will be offered to businesses and organisations.

David Pritchard, Dean of the Cardiff School of Management said: “This spectacular new building gives us the opportunity to innovate and develop an exemplar of what a modern management school is all about - strong in learning and teaching, research and enterprise and accessible to the local community.

“With state-of-the-art facilities, it allows Cardiff School of Management to build on its enviable reputation for attracting high-calibre students from around the world. It enables us to move on to the next stage of our mission to become a centre of excellence for professional development and a hub for joint learning with employers across the country,” he added.

UWIC is aiming to achieve a BREEAM rating of excellent for the centre’s range of sustainable and energy saving features. These include natural ventilation, rainwater harvesting and lighting controls with remote sensors to automatically dim lighting depending on daylight levels.

South Wales architects Austin-Smith:Lord have designed the iconic building. Tim Young of Austin-Smith: Lord said: “This building has been designed to make a statement about Cardiff as a modern capital of business. It seeks to convey a strong sense of confidence and progress, and has been designed to create a stimulating and flexible environment for learning and teaching.”

Continuing the celebrations, Lord Digby Jones will be the guest of honour at a dinner to mark the opening of the new building on Wednesday 6th October (7.30pm at Cardiff School of Management.). At the event, Lord Digby Jones will provide his opinions on the role that universities should play in business and the wider world.

As part of a major framework agreement with South Wales based construction company Willmott-Dixon, UWIC has committed to investing more than £50m to improve its campuses and has recently launched a £4m Food Industry Centre, a multi-purpose Campus Centre, and completed extensive refurbishments at the university’s Schools of sport and education. The university has also opened a new Learning Resource Centre, Student Centre and Student Information Zone at its Llandaff campus.

Notes to Editors

1. The Cardiff School of Management is the largest of the five Schools in UWIC with in excess of 2000 students. Of these, around 500 are post-graduate students, including over 50 research students (studying for a PhD).

2. Students from more than 100 countries attend Cardiff School of Management with international students accounting for 30% of its student population.

3. More than 400 students are on the School’s MBA programme, making it the largest on campus programme of its kind in the UK.

4. The School has more than 100 academic staff. Its enterprise activities include knowledge transfer assignments for companies as varied as Brace’s Bakery and Cardiff International Airport.

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