UCL Medical School have welcomed the decision to move out of the Holborn Union Building on the Archway campus, and we are excited by the potential to develop new bespoke space for our activities. We see it as an opportunity to consolidate our academic identity and to improve the student experience, whilst still having a very strong identity in all of the three main Medical School partner trusts. The proposals being developed will allow us to develop stronger links and facilitate collaborative working across the sites. We have been working closely with estates to ensure that the refurbished space is able to accommodate the range of education development and delivery we undertake. This includes having private areas as well as a small number of individual offices, and a student facing facility.
The overview is that the old DoME corridor, the Skills Centre, the Clinical Assessment Centre, and the library will be decanted from Archway at the end of the next academic year. We are working hard to make sure that we get the best possible space for our Division, across the three main provider sites. This development is in alignment with the strategic direction of the Royal Free Trust, which is focussed on becoming an excellent provider of healthcare education in collaboration with UCL.
Also, the integration of teaching space into the hospital at the Whittington will strengthen our ability to work closely with the Trust, and to invite patients in to support the teaching of medical students.
Office moves are always unsettling, so we need to manage that, to make sure we get the best out of the change.
Prof Jane Dacre, Director of UCL Medical School