Posted on 29 June 2011
The formal opening of the £20.2 million building will be performed by Caroline Thomson, Chief Operating Officer of the BBC on Monday, 4 July. The York graduate will also deliver the inaugural Cantor Business Lecture. The annual lecture will support the Law and Management Schools in inviting distinguished speakers to the University.
The new building housing the York Law School and York Management School is a physical expression of our determination to foster the highest standards of academic excellence
Professor Brian Cantor, Vice-Chancellor
Caroline Thomson’s lecture, which is open to all, will look at “Accountability, Change and Creativity: Public Sector Management in Balance” and will explore how to deliver change and accountability in public organisations, with specific reference to balancing accountability with creativity at the BBC.
A member of the BBC's Executive Board, Caroline Thomson reports directly to the Director-General. Her responsibilities include the BBC's Policy, Legal, Strategy, Property and Distribution functions, and all of the organisation’s major infrastructure projects, including digital switchover, and the move to Salford.
The new Law and Management building is one of four major academic buildings in the first phase of the University’s £750 million campus extension at Heslington East, one of the biggest capital developments in UK higher education in recent years.
It was designed following extensive consultation with academics and students in both Schools and is purpose-built to support and foster interactions between the University, researchers and business.
As well as a variety of modern study areas, the building boasts a lecture theatre in the round, styled on the Harvard Business School teaching model, and a moot court.
University of York Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Cantor said: “As a world-class university it is vital that our campus and supporting facilities are of the highest quality. The new building housing the York Law School and York Management School is a physical expression of our determination to foster the highest standards of academic excellence. It will provide an intellectually stimulating environment for interactions between the University, researchers, students and business, helping us deliver a world-class student experience.”
Development of the new building, which forms part of the completed £200m first phase of the University’s new Heslington East development, has been supported by investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in Yorkshire and the Humber, part of a major infrastructure project led by Science City York to extend the assets and strategic potential of York as a leading centre for science and innovation.
Professor Stuart Bell, Head of the York Law School, said: “The York Law School delivers an innovative programme designed to provide students with the intellectual challenge of an academic discipline while simultaneously preparing them for practice. This new building provides a unique facility within which to develop the skills and techniques needed to work with the law in an applied context along with a depth of knowledge and understanding of legal principles.”
Professor Steven Toms, Head of the York Management School, said: “The York Management School offers research-led, quality teaching, based on influential scholarship, international profile and strong links with business in a world-class university environment to develop entrepreneurial and highly employable graduates. Our new building and the expansion of the campus provides us with an excellent environment in which to conduct these activities.”
The Cantor Business Lecture and official opening will take place on Monday, 4 July from 5.30pm to 7pm. The lecture will take place in Room LMB030-1 in the Law and Management Building, Heslington East and admission is by free ticket only, available from www.york.ac.uk/tickets. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01904 322622.