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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

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As part of an estates plan to create a world-leading research cluster for biological sciences, the University of Edinburgh is designing an iconic building to bring together researchers and technologies within an integrated research complex.

'Building a New Biology' is an ambitious plan to grow research capacity, quality and outputs of the School of Biological Sciences. It will support intellectual discovery and generate health, social and economic benefits.

The first step in this plan is the re-engineering of 1967 Darwin Building, which will be stripped back to its steel frame and rebuilt to provide 6,000m2 of new research laboratories and workspace for 350 researchers. The redevelopment will also create a 3,000mTechnology Hub within the Darwin Building to house state-of-the art facilities.

The new Darwin Building will be the gateway to biology in Edinburgh, a focal point for outreach activities, and a magnet for attracting partners to enable our translational work. The re-engineered building will deliver expanded, world-class laboratory space to co-locate and support future growth in strategic areas of research.

Breakthroughs in science often occur at the interface between disciplines: the laboratories will be entirely flexible to allow easy re-purposing. Social learning spaces will engage the next generation of biologists, preparing them for 21st century careers. 

Name David Gray

Head School of Biological Sciences

Tel 0131 650 5525

Page last updated 13 April 2015