£1m refurbishment project opens the door to Big Brother

Edge Hill University’s Chancellor, Professor Tanya Byron, has officially opened the revamped Social and Psychological Sciences building on the Ormskirk campus following a £1m refurbishment project.

The building, previously known as the Business Management Centre, has been transformed into a sleek, modern facility where Big Brother-style social analysis can take place.

Major remodelling of the exterior has seen the addition of an attractive, glass entrance, solar shielding around the façade and new window installations.

Extensive internal alterations have included creating a light and airy central space on the first floor and installing nine research booths with specialist IT facilities to support practical and dissertation work.

An exciting new feature is a state-of-the-art, Big Brother-style observation suite, comprising two rooms separated by a two-way mirror.   Equipped with wall-mounted cameras, the suite can be used to record and analyse the group behaviour of volunteers set a particular task. 

A new glass meeting room boasting a stunning view of the lake and piazza area has also been added and new skylights fitted to flood the building with natural light.

The building will be a dedicated base for Social and Psychological Sciences students and staff, who were previously accommodated in various locations across the campus.

The previous occupants of the then Business Management Centre have now moved into the showpiece £8m Business and Law School which opened in January.

Edge Hill University Vice-Chancellor, John Cater, said: “This is the latest milestone in the development of the Ormskirk campus, ensuring our students are offered the very highest standards in teaching and learning facilities and that our staff have an inspiring environment in which to work. 

“This continued investment will further enhance one of the most exciting and vibrant campuses in the UK, while still retaining its unique charm.”

Professor Byron opened the building in front of an invited audience of staff and external partners.

The University’s Department of Social and Psychological Sciences offers a wide range of social science programmes.

Undergraduate courses cover the subject areas of Childhood and Youth Studies, Early Childhood Studies, Sociology, Social Work and Psychology. New undergraduate programmes to be launched in September include Health Psychology, Educational Psychology and Sports and Exercise Psychology.

A Postgraduate Certificate in Social Research Methods and MSc in Psychology are also available.