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Late last term, Institute of Education (IOE) development plans were shared with us, these plans included relocating The Institute Bar from its current location on Level Three, down to the floor below.

A student led campaign, backed by the Union, was launched to stop the developments and UCL responded by delaying the project to undertake further consultation with students on the use of the space, and the wider IOE developments.

We supported this consultation and attended a number of meetings with the IOE to discuss the consultation findings and establish a new plan which we believe has addressed the concerns you had.

We’re pleased to be able to share the new plans with you, and we’re very happy that student feedback has been taken on board. The revised plans now include an improved Institute Bar, a larger outside terrace, more student teaching and study space, as well as a prayer room.

Work is set to start in October 2017, with the Café part of the Institute bar blocked off. The Institute Bar will close in January and reopen in its new location in time for the new academic year in September. We’re working hard with the IOE, UCL and Camden Council to open a temporary Institute Bar in time for the closure of the existing Institute Bar, and we’ll keep you up to date with the progress of these plans.

These plans are part of a bigger project to make more happen at the Students’ Union, as we start an exciting period of change and development to make your spaces on campus better.

This is a huge win for students. Not only did we prevent a set proposals being delivered that we believe to have been seriously detrimental to the Institute Bar, we’ve also won a substantial improvement on the facilities students already have at the IOE.

Sabbatical Officers