The new centre sits at the heart of the University's wider Forum
development project, and is a fantastic advert for both INTO and
the University of Exeter. Costing approximately £42million, the
centre offers a host of innovative features including a Learning
Resource Centre, large main lecture hall, and brand new IT suites.
It is located on the Streatham campus.
'The outstanding new facilities at INTO Exeter will support our
goal of providing an exceptional teaching and learning experience,'
said Liz Munro, INTO's Academic and Operations Director. 'A
fantastic student experience lies at the heart of student success
and the new building will make a significant contribution to
helping students fulfil their aspirations. Situated as it is in the
centre of the University campus, it will also be a great meeting
place for staff and students from across the University.'
Dr John Withrington, Director of the International Office at the
University of Exeter, said: 'The new INTO centre is a magnificent
and impressive building. Located as it is at the heart of the
University of Exeter's main campus, it sends a powerful message
that we have here a truly world-class facility at one of the
leading universities in the UK.'
The project follows the launch of the INTO Exe accommodation
last month, and was similarly completed on time and to budget by
the development team - architects Lacie, Hickie and Caley and
construction company Cowlin.
The move from the Old Library building on Prince of Wales Road,
INTO Exeter's base for the past four years, to the new
building also went smoothly, with staff working hard to
minimise disruption to students.
'It was a wonderfully smooth changeover with very little
disruption to teaching, and all staff and students were so
cooperative and positive,' said INTO Exeter Centre Director, Penny
Despite the busy week, staff found time to hold a leaving
presentation for Claire Hunt, who has worked at the INTO
Exeter centre (and previously the English Language Centre) for 25
years, along with a thank-you-cum-birthday ceremony for Sam
Lydon-Drake, who has been central to coordinating the INTO
development on campus.
Overall the new INTO Exeter centre offers a taste of what
lies ahead, as INTO strives to provide a superior student
experience in the years to come.
INTO Chairman, Andrew Colin, said: 'There is a lot of talk in
the sector about 'world-class provision'... Well, five years on, I
think we are redefining the term. With excellent teaching teams,
high standards of care, carefully developed programmes and
multi-million pound investments in facilities, we are simply
leading the way.'
He added: 'It really makes me feel immensely proud to be a part
of the wider INTO team working together, changing lives, and
delivering on the promise of a world-class student experience. Next
up Newcastle, Oregon, London and Glasgow!'
See photos of new INTO Exeter academic building (including the