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The Beatrice Shilling Building

The Beatrice Shilling buidling, named after the pioneering British aeronautical engineer and motor racer, is our state-of-the-art home of the Department of Electronic Engineering.

The new £20m building contains lecture theatre, seminar rooms, labs and creative and collaborative spaces, and provides an innovative environment and resources for the next generation of scientists and engineers to achieve their goals.

We received a £5m grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to develop the new building in order to encourage more female engineers to address the national shortage, and our youngest department, Electronic Engineering is based here.

This fantastic technology-led facility is designed to inspire students and staff, to develop a creative approach to study, learning and research, and extend our vision for the future of the university.

Featuring large, modern lecture spaces for teaching, it has technical facilities and equipment, ‘help yourself’ collaboration spaces, research and project fabrication, computing and electronics laboratories. The inclusion of a field laboratory on the roof with solar panels and a wind turbine gives hands-on practical experience with alternative energy generation.

Key features

  • 3,950sqm 3-storey building, open 24/7
  • 268 seat auditorium
  • 80 seat lecture theatre with interactive bench seating
  • one seminar room, two electronics teaching laboratories and one PC suite
  • a creative learning room and fabrication lab
  • a roof-topped field laboratory with solar panels and wind turbine
  • open plan offices for PhD students and academic staff.

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