Centenary events

Brookfield opening

The £15.8 million restoration of the University of Leicester Business School (ULSB)’s home was formally opened with a special ceremony on Thursday 27 January 2022.

Set in seven acres in the historic Stoneygate Conservation Area, Brookfield was sympathetically restored to offer a variety of state-of-the-art learning and teaching spaces, including a Harvard-style lecture theatre and the ULSB Trading Room, all focused on creating an outstanding environment for students and researchers alike.

The ceremony was lent special significance in the University’s Centenary year as Brookfield was once home to Thomas Fielding Johnson, founding benefactor of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland University College.

Brookfield House was built in 1870 and served as Fielding Johnson’s family residence. Descendants of the prominent Victorian business leader unveiled a specially-commissioned portrait in his honour.

The event also featured a keynote speech and Q&A by guest of honour Sam Barnett, a Leicester alumnus and successful entrepreneur in the field of technology and big data – areas of strategic focus for the School of Business.

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