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Sent: 14 January 2004 10:07
FRIDAY JANUARY 16: PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES FROM 4PM ONWARDS AT NEW UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER SCHOOL OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ANCIENT HISTORY BUILDING, OFF MAYOR'S WALK ON THE MAIN CAMPUS. FORMAL OPENING AT 4.30PM BY VICE-CHANCELLOR PROFESSOR ROBERT BURGESS.
Photographers can take pictures in the building of collections on display prior to the formal opening at 4.30pm. On display will be Outreach activities with local schools and archaeological illustration in the Drawing Office: materials excavated by University of Leicester Archaeological Services in Leicester and Leicestershire in the Bone Lab: a range of pottery in the Ceramics lab
NEW ACCOMMODATION FOR PRESTIGIOUS DEPARTMENT AS PART OF £300M EXPANSION PLAN AT UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER
The first building to be formally opened in 2004 as part of the University of Leicester's £300m expansion plan is the prestigious School of Archaeology and Ancient History.
One of the top ranked departments in the country with an international reputation, the School now has dedicated facilities in a refurbished building designed for its needs
The School's new, self-contained home will provide a teaching and research environment for staff and students that includes state-of-the-art laboratories, administrative and support facilities, with staff offices large enough for teaching small groups. There will also be exhibition space for students and staff.
Funding in the £3m project was partly provided by the Higher Education Funding Council, England (HEFCE) through the Science Research Investment Fund (SRIF). The building has improved facilities for people with disabilities, such as , ramps, toilets and automatic doors.
The Leicester School of Archaeology and Ancient History has been acclaimed one of the UK's top 3 archaeology departments by The Times in its 2002 Good University Guide. In the latest government Research Assessment Exercise (2001) it achieved an excellent score of 5, maintaining its previous standard of 1996. It has also received a maximum score from the Quality Assurance Agency for its learning and teaching provision.
Head of the School Professor Marilyn Palmer said: "As one of the country's top archaeology departments I am delighted to move into a working space that will allow us to grow and build on the excellent standards of teaching and research that we have achieved. It will have a particular impact on our teaching and research in archaeological science, and will also provide a stimulating environment for our increasing numbers of postgraduate students.
"The School offers some of the most 'hands-on' archaeology courses in Britain, and enjoys close links with other Arts, Social Science and Science departments through joint degree courses and research projects".
This upgrading of accommodation for the School of Archaeology and Ancient History is part of the biggest programme of investment since the 1960s at the University. The £300 million development plan will transform the University's physical environment, creating a forward-looking campus in which to work and study.
It is envisaged that building capacity at the University will increase by 50,000 sq.m - a 30% increase in space on the central campus. In the first year of the plan, over £30m was committed to projects.
Note to editors: Further details are available from Professor Marilyn Palmer, Head of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, telephone 0116 252 2821, fax 0116 252 5005, email [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>, or from Mr Paul Goffin, Deputy Director of the University of Leicester Estates Office, telephone 0116 252 2507, fax 0116 252 1333, email [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
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