The Berrick Saul Building

The Berrick Saul Building

The HRC is located within the Berrick Saul Building, a spectacular curvy structure at the heart of the Heslington West campus.  The building was made possible by a major benefaction from the Bowland Trust, which established the Institute for Effective Education (IEE), and additional funding from the Wolfson Foundation. The building was opened in December 2009 by the Chancellor, Greg Dyke, and Berrick Saul, Vice Chancellor of the University from 1979-93.

Facilities within the Berrick Saul Building include

  • a spacious foyer, which provides a social space for our postgraduates
  • postgraduate study space on two floors
  • a seminar room
  • a boardroom
  • a beautiful circular auditorium seating 150 people: this is used for the majority of large seminars and conferences taking place in the arts and humanities at York.

On the first floor of the Berrick Saul Building is the Treehouse, an unusual and very attractive, flexible space looking out onto woodland. The Treehouse is used for a variety of informal meetings and research workshops in the arts and humanities. We like to think of it as a creative space where ideas happen...and it seems likely that we are the only Humanities Research Centre in the world with its own Treehouse! 

Booking rooms in the Berrick Saul Building (York staff and students only)