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SOAS into Senate House


In January 2012, SOAS was granted ‘preferred bidder’ status for the Senate House North Block. This is the first step towards SOAS moving towards a single-site campus in the heart of Bloomsbury in 2016. Moving to Senate House North Block will bring many benefits for our staff and students, including new state-of-the-art research, teaching and student facilities, all in one precinct.

This exciting opportunity offers the potential for growth and development as we prepare to commemorate our centenary and as we plan for our next 100 years.

Our significant presence within Senate House, which currently houses central academic bodies and services, will enable us to make the most of the benefits of being a part of the University of London.

Over the coming months, a great deal of work needs to be done to make sure that we are ready in time for the move in Summer 2016.

We need to plan how we will use the space across our campus and determine what facilities we will need and want.

Staff and students will play a key role in determining what our campus will look like in the future through an extensive consultation process.


The first stage of consultation, completed in December 2012 led to some key principles being agreed. Since that time the scheme has been developed and architectural drawings have been produced. A selection of these drawings were displayed in the library during March 2013. There were drop in Q & A sessions with the Project Manager in the Library. A presentation and open session took place in the KLT during March 2013 where staff and students were invited to attend.  

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