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Sheffield Hallam University honoured its first Chancellor by renaming one of its landmark buildings after him. Sir Bryan Nicholson officially opened the renamed 1 Furnival Square building in a ceremony, with the building now called Bryan Nicholson.
Sir Bryan became the first Chancellor of the University in 1994, holding the position for nine years until 2001, and was an important advocate of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992, which allowed polytechnics to become universities, including Sheffield Hallam.
During the visit, Sir Bryan, and his wife Lady Mary Nicholson, were given a guided tour of the building. Sheffield Hallam University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Philip Jones, said: “Sir Bryan played a pivotal role in the early life of our University, from his support of the Education Act to becoming our Chancellor. We are delighted to be able to recognise his contribution with this gesture and to welcome him back to the University.”
Introduction from Mark Swales, Director of Facilities
“The move to our new home is now imminent and I must say I have been impressed with the way in which FD staff have begun preparing for the relocation. The pictures on this BIG show the recent tours we have conducted and many of you will have been impressed, like I have, with the rapid progress now being made on site.
The move is an exciting time for FD, not only because of the high quality exterior work and building fabric, but also the care which has been taken on the interiors to provide an inspirational working environment and a sense of place and belonging for our services. It will be wonderful to have a home we can be proud of, both for our own staff and our many and varied visitors.
In addition to new surroundings we are embarking on an exciting journey along with our colleagues in DID to explore new ways of working. FD have always been pioneers in terms of introducing new concepts and testing processes and I am pleased that once again we are pushing the traditional boundaries towards more agile ways of working. So, throw yourselves into this exciting new part of FD’s development and enjoy the ride.”
Introduction from James Richardson, Director of International Development
“Well at last we are ready to move into our new home and what a home! I am delighted that the Directorate of International Development (DID) will finally be in premises where we will be proud to host our international visitors. I am also pleased DID has been given the opportunity with the Facilities Directorate to pioneer the University’s ‘New Ways of Working’ project. I have been impressed with the professional approach and care that everyone has committed to this project. I am sure it will be a tremendous success and that the new building will be a beacon to the rest of the University.
For DID it is a new beginning – we have made tremendous steps forward since the directorate was created (over 3 years ago, how time flies!) and this investment into our new working space is recognition of the successes the team has achieved. I know there will be challenges ahead as we all get use to the new environment but also exciting opportunities for collaboration as we engage with the openness of the space in different and innovative ways.
My advice to everyone is to experiment and try all the new facilities. In a short period of time I am confident we will never want to work in any other way.”