New foyer a fitting reflection for top-ranked law school

Better spaces for students and a greater recognition of alumni achievements have marked the opening of the ANU College of Law’s spectacular new entrance foyer.

The $2.4 million project, which commenced in March, has seen the ANU College of Law’s existing entrance foyer transformed to include additional break-out spaces for students, and new facilities for formal functions and presentations.

Dean of the ANU College of Law, Professor Stephen Bottomley, said the completion of the project was an important step in reflecting and celebrating the position of the College as one of the world’s top law schools.

“Over the past 50 years, the ANU College of Law has built a profile – in Australia and abroad – as a law school known for quality and innovation.

“Our new foyer is not only an important part of demonstrating our claims to excellence, but is integral to helping tell the story of the College, and those who have helped make it what it is today,” said Professor Bottomley.

In addition to dedicated spaces for students and events, the foyer makes considerable use of new technology to highlight the extensive achievements of over 150 alumni and staff of the College.

Using digital panels, the foyer features the professional profiles of alumni who have achieved success across a diverse range of fields, including law and legal practice, business, finance, research, education community service and the public service.

Permanent honour boards also serve to celebrate staff and students who have received the College’s highest awards and prizes for teaching and academic achievement.

And while the opening of the foyer was an important milestone for the College, Professor Bottomley said he expected it to be the first of many to come.

“The University has recently granted the College a further $25 million for a major refurbishment program of our iconic buildings.

“This investment will ensure the ANU College of Law continues to meet the needs of students, staff and visitors, and appropriately reflects our profile as one of the world’s best law schools,” said Professor Bottomley.

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Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team