What is Connected Campus?

Connected Campus is a £20M+ investment programme to improve our three campuses by creating more pioneering, vibrant and welcoming spaces for people to study, work and live. 

We have done this by developing: 

  • Campus Hearts
  • Showcasing
  • New places
  • Learning enhancements 

Campus hearts

The new "hearts" at each of our campuses have created more exciting spaces to study, collaborate and enjoy. 

These "hearts" are focal points that give our campuses a more vibrant and welcoming feeling and include new, pop-up food and beverage outlets, flexible seating and exhibition areas that can be used for events, outdoor cinemas, festivals and entertainment. 

Campus Heart Docklands Connected Campus

Image: Campus Heart, University Square, Docklands


Creating an enhanced visual identity at all locations has been important.

New signage and phoenix murals have been installed and displayed around our campuses. This will allow people to identify with our new visual identity, which reflects both our heritage and our relevance in the modern world.

New places

We’ve created new destinations where people can meet, be social and relax including:

Pump House – a new vegan café/bar that can used to host student-led events, including comedy nights, live music, quiz nights and karaoke.

Seating in the Pump House
Pump House serving counter
Tables and seating area

Reflection Garden – a new wellbeing garden with woodland flora that includes quiet seating or study areas.

Reflection garden

Career enhancements

We've invested in new learning and teaching spaces to pioneer future careers in a changing world.

Future Connected Campus Projects

Summer 2022

We are not stopping there! Building on the success of the summer 2021 projects and seeing the benefits they bring, there will be more learning and teaching enhancement projects that will be being rolled out.

Now that we have delivered most of the key projects in phase one, we have started planning for phase two of Connected Campus. A further investment will be taking place across the UEL estate during 2022/23. These exciting projects include:


  • Following on from the recent works carried out in the Underground Bar, it will soon be converted into a gallery and vibrant, multi-purpose community space.
  • The entrance to the AVA building will be transformed with wide windows connecting passers-by to the creative work displayed in the re-launched Way Out East Gallery.
  • Located on the ground floor of the West Building, a new social and entertainment space called The Merchant will be created which will act as a multi-functional space for staff and students to use day and night.


  • Works will continue in the Hospital and Primary Care Training Hub to deliver a space replicating an accident and emergency department and a multi-professional allied health training space that can be used for assessments, consulting, running clinics and rehabilitation.
  • A University House student lounge and coffee point.
  • The repurposing of the Dome into an events and entertainment venue.
  • An enhanced main reception will become an engaging and vibrant focal point for anyone coming to UEL, offering a welcome experience and Student Union space.

University Square Stratford

  • The re-orientation of the entrance to the building to provide more kerb appeal, a welcoming entrance and showcase space.


  • To support our new ways of working and different workstyles, we’ll be introducing new staff workspaces to support agile working and collaboration.
  • Further vibrant and engaging outdoor and social space improvements for students and staff to work, relax and collaborate.