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Cass unveils new undergraduate space after multi-million pound refurbishment

Revitalised space is part of City University London's £130M plan to transform student facilities.

Cass Business School has launched its new undergraduate facility following a £2.4 million project.

Students and staff attended the opening of the School's refurbished undergraduate space in the Drysdale building, Northampton Square.

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The investment is part of City University London's £130 million plan to transform student facilities, the centrepiece of which will be a new landmark building on Sebastian Street.

Speaking at the opening, Vice-Chancellor of City University London, Professor Paul Curran said: "I am delighted that we are able to see here one of the many benefits of the University's decision to invest significantly in our aspiration to be a leading global university."

The refurbished facility includes a larger student lounge with open spaces for socialising and group work, together with new pods for smaller group and private study.

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New consultation rooms and academic offices also give students improved access to their tutors and academic staff.

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Other features include a new front desk, enhanced office space for professional staff, dedicated financial information terminals and a larger pool of computers.

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Dean of Cass Business School, Professor Steven Haberman, said: "This is an impressive new space where students can learn, exchange ideas and opinions and form new friendships. With more than half our undergraduates coming from 75 countries outside the UK, this is also a space where they can broaden their cultural horizons and gain a global perspective."

The Hon Apurv Bagri, Honorary Rector of City University London, and a Cass alumnus, added: "This space forms a small part of City's investment programme in its estate. One only needs to walk along the corridors of the University to see that development is well underway and the labours of so many are now being realised."

Cass has almost 1,900 students on six undergraduate degrees. The Guardian's Good University Guide 2014 ranks the School number one in London for undergraduate business, management and finance.

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