The Humanities Research Centre is located in the Berrick Saul Building at the heart of the Heslington West campus.

Opened in 2009, this beautifully designed building is centrally located in a quiet, wooded area of the campus. The aim of the Humanities Research Centre is to create a vibrant interdisciplinary research environment for staff and postgraduates in the arts and humanities departments.

This is being achieved by bringing together staff and students and visiting speakers from academia, the media, museums and the heritage sector at a wide variety of research events held in the Berrick Saul Building. These include: postgraduate forums, reading groups, seminars, workshops, research training events, poetry readings, public lectures, conferences and symposia.

Facilities include:

  • BS/003B (Foyer)
  • BS/005 (Bowland Auditorium) has fixed tiered seating for 144.
  • BS/007 (Jane Moody Boardroom) is fixed in boardroom style and seats 16 people.
  • BS/008 is set up in boardroom style for teaching and seats a maximum of 31 people. Tables and chairs may be moved, but must be returned to boardroom style afterwards.
  • BS/104 (The Treehouse) has a flexible layout, and contains 11 tub chairs, 70 conference chairs and 11 tables

Photos and further information, including equipment user guides

Booking rooms

There are a number of bookable rooms in the Berrick Saul Building that are available to book. Priority is given to staff and postgraduates booking rooms for research, postgraduate and public engagement activities in the arts and humanities departments.

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Humanities Research Centre

Berrick Saul Building, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK

BS/005 (Bowland Auditiorium), BS/007 (Jane Moody Boardroom) and BS/008 (seminar room) are teaching rooms managed centrally by Timetabling. Once timetables have been released, staff and students should submit any ad hoc room booking requests via Planon. If the room is available the booking is then reviewed and confirmed/denied by the Room Bookings Team.

The Treehouse (BS/104) and the Berrick Saul Building Foyer (BS/003B) are not teaching spaces and do not appear on Planon; instead, the rooms are managed by the Room Bookings Team/ Humanities Research Centre (HRC). Staff and students should submit requests to Room Bookings via email .If space is available, the request is then diverted to the HRC Administrator for approval.

If the request is submitted by a designated departmental room booker:

The Room Bookings Team can confirm the booking without approval from the HRC Administrator. Once the booking has been confirmed, it will appear in your list of bookings on Planon and you will receive an automated confirmation email.

To have the room set up in a particular way, please include this information when submitting your room booking request to .

You can use MyTimetable to check availability of BS/005, BS/008 and BS/104. You need to switch to location view, click on the add timetable button and add the locations - BS/005, BS/007, BS/008 and BS/104. This is a really useful tool for when you are exploring different date and time options during event planning.

It may be tempting to enter a room that appears free on MyTimetable, but it is really important that you continue to place room bookings so that we can keeping collecting data on how the spaces are used.

  • The Berrick Saul Building is open from 8am till 6.30pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Authorised users with Kaba card access are able to enter the building outside of these times.
  • If you have booked a room in the Berrick Saul Building for an event that is taking place outside of usual opening hours, you will need to place an access request via Planon and ask for the building to be kept open during your desired times.
  • If you do not have access to Planon, please contact your departmental administrator or assistance.

Help for academic visitors

The Humanities Research Centre (HRC) offers a lively and dynamic interdisciplinary research environment for both short and long-term research visitors from all over the world. Dedicated working space is available for visitors on the first floor which is wireless enabled and where there is easy access to photocopying, printing and scanning facilities.

The HRC is the hub for arts and humanities research on campus and holds a very large number of seminars, workshops and conferences, in which visitors are warmly invited to participate.

If you wish to come to York as an academic visitor, you should first contact the academic department or inter-departmental centre with which you would like to be associated. If your application is accepted, you will then be offered desk space in the department or in the Berrick Saul Building, according to your preference and availability of space.


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Humanities Research Centre

Berrick Saul Building, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK