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Provost opens new JBS Haldane Student Hub in Anatomy Building

2 July 2013

Provost opening JBS Haldane Student Hub June 2013

The Provost, Sir Malcolm Grant, opened the newly refurbished JBS Haldane Student Hub in the Anatomy Building.

In his speech, the Provost gave huge thanks to the many colleagues involved, including staff from within the Life Sciences Faculty and the Biosciences Division as well as colleagues from UCL Estates who helped make this happen. The Provost also thanked the architects for their vision and patience and the Biosciences students who provided feedback on the concept and helped contribute to the development of this "fantastic space".

The Provost mentioned in his Newsletter that 'JBS Haldane  was one of the greatest biologists of the twentieth century - an aristocratic Etonian who joined the Communist Party and fled to India as a protest against the Suez Crisis (or, perhaps, because UCL Library was closed on Sundays!). He had a heroic and dangerous time in the trenches (where he became known as the Rajah of Bomb) and almost as risky a time doing experiments on himself on the effects of gases under high pressure.
He was one of the founders of population genetics theory, a pioneer in the study of the structure of the human genome using family studies and an important figure in the understanding of how enzymes work. All this is fundamental to the advanced mathematical and chemical biology of today'.

Photo:  The Provost with Prof Neil Millar, Prof Mary Collins and (to the side) Prof Frances Brodsky, with Dr Andrea Townsend-Nicholson

Photographer:  Josephine McNally

The JBS Haldane Student Hub opened in Anatomy at the start of the summer term in April 2013.  It provides quality student space for mixed modes of study and relaxation with sufficient capacity for about 145 students.

New Student Hub Anatomy

The large space is divided up into different zones by 2-metre high slatted screens. There are a number of soft seating areas located around the perimeter near the windows; the centre is taken up with two long benches, each providing fourteen built-in computers and monitor screens; the south windowless wall includes a number of group-learning tables for groups of four to six; and a buffer zone includes more group learning tables and a ‘snake bench’. Two small rooms off the main space provide interactive screen study spaces for up to six students in each.


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