£7m hub to create flexible study space

Postgraduate students are set to benefit from a new dedicated study centre.

Artists's impression of Old Kirk Postgraduate Centre

The University is investing £7m in the Old Kirk Postgraduate Centre on Holyrood Road.

It will serve as a central hub where postgraduate students from across the University can meet, collaborate and study.

New spaces

The centre on Holyrood Road will provide postgraduate research students from all three Colleges with new areas for formal and informal study.

It will offer postgraduate students bookable spaces for events, conferences and group work.

The centre – which will be managed by postgraduate students – will also enable the University’s growing number of Doctoral Training Programmes and Doctoral Training Centres to interact with the postgraduate student community.

The redevelopment of the Old Kirk is a welcome move towards creating a community-building study space where postgraduates from across all colleges can get together to meet, collaborate and work together. The involvement of postgraduate students in shaping the plans, and in running the building once built, will only strengthen the sense of ownership necessary for its success.

Kai O'DohertyVice President Societies and Activities, Edinburgh University Students’ Association
Artist's impression of Old Kirk Postgraduate Centre

Prime location

Located between the Holyrood campus and award-winning accommodation at O’Shea Hall, the Old Kirk is ideally situated.

Also close by, the Institute for Academic Development offers postgraduate students study skills workshops, self-study learning resources and advice to help them succeed in their studies.

Construction of the Old Kirk Postgraduate Student Centre is set to begin at the end of this year.

The centre is scheduled to open in early 2020.

I am delighted to see these plans for the Old Kirk taking shape. This redevelopment will provide a superb space for postgraduate students to study, work together and relax, as well as providing a venue for student led postgraduate events, enhancing interdisciplinary working and the student experience.

Professor Jane NormanVice-Principal People and Culture

Student facilities

The development is part of a £200 million investment being made over the next eight years to dramatically improve facilities for students.

The investments will enhance the Edinburgh experience by delivering an extensive range of benefits.

These include expanded and improved teaching and study spaces, a major new Student Centre, a Health and Wellbeing Centre and enhanced sports facilities.

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