Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building Update

A number of changes will be made in the new year to the use of the Marjorie & Arnold Ziff Building, following detailed consideration of building users, and listening to and taking account of feedback.

The Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building on a summer's day

A number of changes will be made in the new year to the use of the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building, following detailed consideration by the Ziff Operational Group of building users, and listening to and taking account of feedback from staff and students who use the building.

English teaching for students in the International Pathways Centre (IPC) will return to the Ziff Building, and the Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC) will remain based in the building for the long term. The student common room will remain open, and LLC and IPC students will be supported in fully utilising this space. The additional capacity created in the EC Stoner Building and Blenheim Terrace by previous changes to the Ziff Building will be retained as additional teaching and learning spaces for all students.

Parts of the front spaces of the ground floor and mezzanine areas will be lightly redesigned to provide staff and students with flexible study and event spaces, aimed at enhancing the student experience and supporting activities such as a Student Success Centre. Careful consideration will also be given to the viability of reinstating catering in the building, and the East entrance will be reopened so that both the East and West entrances are accessible during working hours.

Feedback from the student community has demonstrated that the relocation of student information services from the Ziff Building to Beech Grove House and Parkinson Court has been a good outcome for students, with a 60% increase in student footfall at Parkinson Court. Therefore, these will be retained at their current locations in line with the approach to offer a broader range of student support across the University campus.

The Chair of the Ziff Project Board, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education Professor Jeff Grabill said:

“I am pleased that we have been able to bring together representatives of the different departments who work within the Ziff Building to discuss and agree how it can operate in the future. It has been important to reflect on their perspectives and act on their feedback, as well as those of our student community, to ensure that all voices are listened to in informing the building’s future use.

“I recognise that previous changes to the Ziff Building were the subject of controversy in our community, and I hope that in taking a more considered approach to these latest changes - informed by feedback from staff and students - we can move forward and ensure the building is open and utilised to best effect by our community, particularly by colleagues in the International Pathways Centre and the Lifelong Learning Centre.

“This approach complements our long-term strategy for the campus to see how we can make multi-occupied buildings run effectively and grow the sense of belonging in this space and our wider campus for so many in our University community.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in meaningful discussions about the use of this building, and I look forward to continuing to collaborate with them in the coming months to enhance the sense of community and belonging here at Leeds.”

In Spring 2023, a number of changes to the usage of the Ziff Building included the relocation of Student Information Services to Parkinson Court and Beech Grove House, the relocation of Student Visas to Beech Grove House and the relocation of teaching, including English for international students, to Blenheim Terrace.

The Lifelong Learning Centre was provided with additional space in Beech Grove House with the original resource centre in the Ziff Building remaining in operation, but with uncertainty about its long-term location, as well as additional international student common room facilities in EC Stoner and Blenheim Terrace.

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