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Work is well underway on the University’s new home for Modern Languages & Cultures. After decades in the Cypress Building, the department is due to move to a new home early in 2017. With the redevelopment of three sides of Abercromby Square completed (first the Sydney Jones Library, then the School of the Arts, and most recently 8-12 Abercromby Square, which houses the departments of History, Archaeology, Classics, Egyptology, and Politics), the final terrace to be renovated is numbers 1-7. Once finished, Modern Languages & Cultures will join Irish Studies, and the English Language Centre, making Abercromby Square the heart of arts and humanities at the University of Liverpool.

The new home for Modern Languages & Cultures

The new home for Modern Languages & Cultures

Modern Languages & Cultures will occupy the south end of the terrace, with the English Language Centre in the middle, and Irish Studies returning to its former home at the north side of the square. The main reception for all three departments will be on the ground floor, where there will also be offices for the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, including the Executive Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Fiona Beveridge.

The new languages centre, during the refurbishment

The new languages centre, during the refurbishment

On the first floor, the University has made a significant investment to create a Languages Centre, which should be the first port of call for all members of the University – staff and students – interested in language learning. International students on a pre-sessional English-language course will rub shoulders with Modern Languages undergraduates and those students electing to study a language as part of the University’s portfolio of co-curricular options. Language-learning resources will be located in this Languages Centre.

Staff from Modern Languages & Cultures will vacate their offices in the Cypress Building in the New Year, moving to the first and second floors of the new premises. On the third floor, there is to be ample space for postgraduate students in shared offices. The department is very excited about this new chapter in the life of Modern Languages & Cultures at the University.

 

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