Seebohm Rowntree building opened at University of York

Posted on 26 June 2002

A major new University building, to be named after social pioneer, Seebohm Rowntree, will be opened on Friday 28 June at 12.15pm.

This new building at Alcuin College houses the Department of Health Sciences, the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, and the offices of the new Hull York Medical School. It is part of a plan to bring together all the University's teaching and research in health and public policy. Work will begin on a companion research building nearby shortly.

The 5271 metre square building cost around £8 million and houses over 200 staff. It has a number of well-equipped seminar rooms and lecture theatres and a Clinical Simulation Unit (a fully-equipped ward used to teach student nurses). It also houses Café Barista, a coffee shop and sandwich bar for staff and students.

The Seebohm Rowntree Building will be opened by the University's Chancellor Dame Janet Baker at a special event on Friday. Guests from the NHS, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and other organisations will be offered tours of the building.

Seebohm Rowntree (1871-1954) is best known for his seminal studies on poverty. He worked on a wide range of social issues, including industrial relations, unemployment, agriculture, gambling and leisure.

Many of the University's health and public policy departments have strong links with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Charity Trust and Seebohm Rowntree's work on poverty is central to much of their teaching and research.

Notes to editors:

  • The Hull York Medical School is a partnership between the two universities and the NHS. It covers the area of York and North Yorkshire, Hull and the East Riding, and Northern Lincolnshire. It will take 130 students a year (65 at each university) and the first intake is in 2003.
  • The Department of Health Sciences is the result of a recent merger between two health-related departments. Together they offer a wide range of teaching (particularly nursing) and research (particularly in evidence-based treatments). The department has a large number of students, many of whom work all over North Yorkshire, and so operates in a slightly different way from many others.
  • The Seebohm Rowntrees Building provides a home for the staff of Social Policy and Social Work and for their main teaching activities. There are a number of associated research centres of the department - the Social Policy Research Unit, the Centre for Housing Policy and the Social Work Research and Development Unit.
  • Other departments with research and teaching in health and public policy include:
    • Department of Economics
    • Centre for Health Economics
    • NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
    • York Health Economics Consortium
    • Centre for Housing Policy
    • Centre for Criminal Justice, Economics and Psychology

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