Department of Political Science


Postgraduate Research Space

UCL Senate House Hub is a recently opened dedicated space for UCL Postgraduate Research (PGR) students across all disciplines.

It is located on the 3rd floor of the South Block of Senate House in Bloomsbury (there is lift access from the ground floor, opposite the reception desk). See map:  https://www.ucl.ac.uk/maps/senate-house-hub .

This space is designed to enhance the experience of Postgraduate Research Students at UCL, in response to demand for high-quality space for individual study and meeting space. UCL Library Services is committed to increasing and improving the dedicated provision of space for PGR students, as a strategic priority (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/about-us/ucl-library-services-strategy-2019-22/kpa-5-sustainable-estate ).

The Hub includes 160 quiet and social spaces, PCs, Print@UCL and four student bookable meeting/training rooms. These include spaces for individual study and group working / project working with integrated audio visual equipment. The high quality, architect-designed study facilities are comfortable for longer periods of study.

Opening hours are Monday - Thursday: 09:00 - 21:00, Friday: 09:00 - 18:30 & Saturday: 09:45 - 17:30.   Students can view how many spaces are available in the Hub via the UCL Go! app or on the Library webpages: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/libraries-and-study-spaces/ucl-senate-house-hub

A Brief History of Senate House: Designed in the modern classical style with Art Deco decorations by architect Charles Holden, few visitors to Bloomsbury will have missed the imposing 209 feet high Portland Stone-clad tower of Senate House. Built in the 1930’s, with the foundation stone laid by King George V on the 26th June 1933, the building has since been awarded Grade II* listing for architectural significance.