Changes to the Hawthorns

In Autumn 2017, the University began a major re-development of our Clifton campus as part of work to implement our Vision and Strategy. Changes will include a new library building and a student resource centre in Senate House, taking several years to complete.

As part of this re-development, the Hawthorns Refectory and Study Lounge catering areas have been converted into new study spaces for our students.

The redeveloped Study Lounge area has 115 study seats, is open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm and offers a small number of open access PCs and printing facilities. The new Hawthorns Study Centre will be open from Monday 8 January 2018 with a new accessible entrance on Woodland Road, 24/7 access and 235 study seats.

The Study Centre will also provide a number of catering options: a grab-and-go hot food service between 11 am and 2 pm each week day, various vending options including sandwiches and facilites for students who want to bring their own food. The Study Lounge area is restricted to lidded drinks only.

Impact on catering and study venues

The Brambles and Terrace Bar are not be affected by these changes. Students, staff and visitors can continue to use these facilities as normal and the Terrace Bar loyalty schemes will remain in operation. The range of hot food available in the Terrace Bar will be extended and there will be an opportunity to reserve tables and pre-order food.

There are no plans to make the new study areas available as a bookable space for University societies, clubs and meetings at present.

Other catering options

Our catering team has worked to ensure that our University maintains a range of healthy and affordable dining options.

  • Terrace Bar – an expanded menu and an additional 40 seats will be available from December 2017. A grab and go offer is available outside the Hawthorns between 10 am and 2 pm. We are also exploring the possibility of improved facilities for outdoor seating in the Terrace Bar Garden at The Hawthorns.
  • Balloon Bar, Richmond Building - offers hot food with a fresh salad bar daily
  • Source Café at the Priory Road Complex – additional seating will be added to the café and the menu will be extended to include hot food, pizzas and noodle/rice bowls. Opening times will also be extended from Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 6:30 pm.
  • Source Café at the Arts and Social Science Library – open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 8 pm.
  • Source Café at the Queens Building - open Monday to Friday 8 am to 5:30 pm.
  • Source Garden Cafe - opening March 2018

Why close the Refectory and Study Lounge?

Access to study space is a key part of our student experience. This work will provide additional study spaces that will help to replace those lost when the Senate House Study Centre is closed for refurbishment in Easter 2018. 

Recent returns from the Refectory and Study Lounge were insufficient to cover the operating costs of each outlet. Redeveloping them has eliminated a drain on University resources and helps us to maximise the funds available for education and research.

The Hawthorns will ultimately be demolished to make way for a new University Library, but demolition work is not scheduled to begin for another two years.

How will catering staff be affected?

The University has worked closely with Trade Unions to support all Residential and Hospitality Services staff who are affected by this change. Staff will be offered alternative working locations on campus in the University’s other catering outlets. Some fixed-term contracts will come to an end.


For further information, please contact Annabel Hurst (Operations Manager) or Rebecca Rose (Project Manager, Strategic Programmes and Projects). 

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