New Look at Learning

by Deirdre Kelly

photography by Kyle Finbow

After more than five decades of inspiring critical thinking and influencing the field of education, York University’s Faculty of Education  has undertaken a transformative renovation of its original 1960s-era building on the Keele Campus. The extensive project, which began in 2018 with a comprehensive space-needs analysis, has breathed new life into the facility, positioning it as a modern, welcoming and accessible hub for the next generation of educators.


One of the key priorities of the renovations was to create a more student-friendly environment. The new layout features increased natural light and improved acoustics, creating a conducive atmosphere for learning and collaboration. Undergraduate services have been consolidated for greater convenience, while teaching assistants now have dedicated spaces to support their vital roles. Graduate students can now enjoy a state-of-the-art, 24-7 lounge with amenities such as lockers, kitchenettes and meeting rooms. In addition to enhancing the student experience, the renovations have also optimized spaces for faculty research labs and science instruction classrooms. 

2 tables of students in a meeting room

These updated facilities will support the Faculty’s innovative approaches to education research and teaching. The Faculty’s excellence is being recognized globally, as evidenced by its impressive placement in the 2024 QS World University Rankings by Subject, where it was ranked 66th in the world for education programs. 

This prestigious global recognition underscores the Faculty’s dedication to nurturing a learning environment where students are empowered to challenge conventional thinking and cultivate innovative approaches to education. “Our building,” says Dean Robert Savage, “reflects our commitment to the future of the Faculty as an inclusive, diverse, world-class and world-engaged community.”

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