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
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
- The Department of Health Sciences is the result of a recent
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
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
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