The ceiling of the auditorium collapsed two weeks ago during renovation work. The damage is immense and work to put it right will not have been completed by the start of the new university term on 23 September.
In the meantime students will attend lectures in two large tents that are to be erected on the university campus’ carpark. Tables and seating have been installed. The tents are insulated and have heating facilities to ensure that the students are able to study in comfort.
One on the tents is able to accommodate up to 600 students, the other has room for 160. The students that will attend lectures in them are from the medicine, pharmacy, biomedical science and veterinary science faculties.
The tents will be erected during the course of next week. It is not yet known when the auditorium will reopen.