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Boris Johnson officially opens WBS London at the Shard

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has officially opened Warwick Business School’s new base at the Shard. As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, guests watched Mr Johnson unveil a glass sculpture to commemorate the opening of the new site on the 17th floor of the 95-storey building - the tallest in the European Union.

At the heart of the London Bridge Quarter neighbourhood, one of London’s most vibrant and fast developing districts, WBS London will see part-time postgraduate courses and executive education delivered from one of the capital’s most iconic buildings.

Mr Johnson said:

Our city is a world leading centre for higher education and Warwick Business School is a welcome addition to the first class academia that can be found here.

The Shard is an inspirational venue and I’m sure the students that come here will find successful careers within our city’s thriving business sectors.”

Evening courses for MSc Finance and MSc Human Resource Management & Employment Relations are already being taught at WBS London with the two-year, part-time Executive MBA set to be delivered from September from the 306-metre skyscraper.

The Mayor of London was given a tour of WBS London by the Dean of WBS, Professor Mark Taylor, and University of Warwick Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Nigel Thrift.

WBS London houses a 100-seat lecture theatre and a smaller one at 60 seats, plus eight seminar rooms and an IT lab. Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and opened in July 2012, the Shard is just minutes from the City, the financial capital of the world.

Professor Taylor said:

We are delighted to have the Mayor of London open our new premises. This is a very exciting development for WBS; to establish a base in one of London’s most iconic buildings is a tremendous moment for the School.

London is one of the great capitals of the world and a global financial centre, so it seems only right that one of Europe’s top business schools should have a presence there. We will bring our academic excellence to London to help form the business leaders and City professionals of the future.

The University of Warwick has a great history of being entrepreneurial and a world innovator, and this move to The Shard continues that spirit of enterprise and ambition to do things differently. The Shard is a spectacular sight on the London skyline and is a fitting base for Warwick Business School, which has creativity at the heart of its business teachings.”

Read the full press release on Warwick Business School at the Shard.


Make use of the Shard

Warwick Business School's London base at the Shard is also available for all University departments to make use of.

If you'd like to discuss opportunities to make use of our base at the Shard, contact Jonathan Claydon at WBS on jonathan dot claydon at wbs dot ac dot uk.