Warwick Conferences has announced that The University of Warwick’s new £19m teaching and learning building, The Oculus, is now open for academic and conference events.
Officially opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, The Oculus is a stand-alone dedicated teaching facility.
The Oculus, which is already in full use by the University’s community, will also be available outside of term time and will have a particular focus on hosting academic conferences, training sessions, meetings and workshops, as well as other non-academic events.
The new building on the central campus offers two large state-of-the-art lecture theatres with capacity for 500 and 250 delegates respectively, 12 flexible teaching spaces, innovative social learning and networking spaces, as well as a café area.
With 500 seats, one of the lecture theatres is the largest on campus and features a spectacular timber roof and excellent charging point facilities. Advanced audio technology has also been installed. High tech features run throughout The Oculus – in the central atrium there is a four-screen video wall, which can display art and timetables, as well as live-streams of events in the main lecture theatres. Ground floor teaching rooms provide views over the landscaped area outside of the building.
Rachael Bartlett, head of sales and marketing at Warwick Conferences, says: “The Oculus is not only a fantastic addition to the University of Warwick campus, from which students will greatly benefit, but it is also a great space that will further enhance our offering to academic users and external event holders.”
Across its five venues, Warwick Conferences welcomes over 177,000 delegates per year and 100% of the net income is reinvested into the university to continue to provide teaching and research.