HRH The Princess Royal opens Business School

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has officially opened the University of Edinburgh Business School’s state-of-the-art new building.

HRH The Princess Royal, who is also the University Chancellor, toured the expanded facilities, met 50 staff and students, before unveiling a plaque to commemorate the event.

The refurbished and extended building in George Square provides world-class facilities for the Business School’s 1300 students.

Acclaimed design

The building includes eight lecture theatres, an education suite, cafe and flexible space for staff and students. With a £17 million investment by the University, the building is designed to meet the current and anticipated needs of the School’s portfolio of activities.

Since opening in August 2010, the Business School’s new home has attracted praise. The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) placed it on the shortlist for last year’s Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland award, celebrating LDN Architect’s adaptation and extension of the site.

Royal visit

The Business School’s previous building in Bristo Square was opened by the then University Chancellor, the Duke of Edinburgh, in 1991. HRH Princess Royal succeeded her father last year, who stepped down after holding the post since 1953.

HRH The Princess Royal is the institution's eighth Chancellor in the 150-year history of the position. She was elected to the role by the University's general council.

We are very pleased to bring together the Chancellor, staff, students and supporters today to officially open the new building. This facility provides a forum for academics and practitioners to come together to share ideas, debate important topical issues, and to educate the next generation of business leaders.

Nick OliverHead of Business School

A building for the future

The Business School has an international student body drawn from more than 88 countries. The new building will be used by its 850 undergraduate students, 430 postgraduate students and 100 Doctoral students. It is consistently ranked in the Financial Times and Economist MBA Rankings

The new building will help the School to continue to attract excellent staff and students from around the world; to provide an intellectual environment which fosters debate and world-class research and to build strong connections to the world of business.

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