New Research Hub will be called the ARC

The new £113 million Research Hub, which has been taking shape on the old Western Infirmary premises as part of the campus development programme, will be called the ARC, it has been announced.

The ARC, which topped out last March, will be the second building delivered through the University’s Campus Development Programme.

The ARC (Advanced Research Centre) will be the creative and collaborative heart of research at the University, with the name symbolic of the building’s goals to bridge the boundaries between research, cross subject collaboration and true societal impact. It is due to open in Spring 2022.


Professor Andrew Tobin, Director of the ARC said: “The ARC, and the principles behind it, have been a long-term goal of the University. As a name, it encompasses our vision to conduct collaborative, out-of-reach research that has real societal impact.

“The ARC isn’t just a building. We want to take a shared vision and expertise from across all areas of the University community to genuinely transform the way we do research, with the ultimate aim of changing the lives of the people, community and world around us.”

The ARC will bring world leading researchers together in a building specifically designed to break down organisational structures and facilitate collaboration. By housing diverse teams within the same building, the ARC will expose individuals and research areas to each other, increasing opportunities for cross-disciplinary working.

As well as providing collaboration facilities for the entire University research community, it will be home to academics working on global challenges across five broad themes: Creative Economies & Cultural Transformation, Digital Chemistry, International Development, Quantum and Nanotechnology, and Technologies Touching Life.

The ground floor of the ARC will be open to the general public to showcase the excitement and relevance of the University’s research. It will offer a mix of multi-purpose spaces for events and conferences, as well as team building and networking activity and public engagement.

The ARC will be crucial for delivering the priorities of the University's research strategy, supporting the three key pillars - collaboration, creativity, and careers.

Professor Tobin said: “The ARC will be a home for all research at Glasgow, by providing physical spaces to build collaborations and offer an opportunity to experiment with new ways of doing research. By creating spaces to grow ideas, the ARC will support the development of the next generation of researchers.”


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First published: 18 January 2021

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