Get the uni to give sensible names to buildings

Constantinos Regas submitted on

Monday 29th October 2018


The university building numbering system is completely illogical. 

Why not give every building a name and then use this name and its number consistently in campus maps, timetables, Google maps pins, etc? 


Here, you can view the complete set of official responses from the sabbatical officers regarding this submission.

Students' Union replied on

Monday 3rd Dec 2018 9:54am

Hello Constantinos, 

Following my update last week there has been no further updates regarding your You Make Change submission. The project looking at campus navigation is still ongoing but is likely to take a decent amount of time before any results are seen, and as such I'm going to close this You Make Change with the intention of re-opening it should any news come to light. 

Thank you for making the submission, and thank you to everyone who commented and voted! 

All the best,

Samuel Dedman (VP Education 2017-19,

Students' Union replied on

Friday 23rd Nov 2018 1:30pm

Hello Constantinos, 

I sat down with a member of University staff yesterday to discuss wayfinding and navigation around campus, and it uncovered a couple of interesting points:

  1. There is a plan at the moment to improve physical and digital signage around the University's campuses. This includes things like actual maps, signs and linking those to online resources like 
  2. They have done some review work into names and numbers, and have found that in the vast majority of cases numbers are preferred over names. 
  3. The current numerical system is a bit of a mess, but it would cause significant upheval if it were all to be revised. This is why they are keen to improve signage around campus, as per point 1. 

Hopefully that is useful to you as an update. I'll leave this You Make Change live for a little bit longer for commenting and voting! 

All the best,

Samuel Dedman (VP Educaiton 2017-19,

Students' Union replied on

Monday 5th Nov 2018 12:19pm

Hello Constantinos, 

Thanks for getting in touch! The University's numbering system is something which has confused me in the past, and as such I'm more than happy to start looking into this for you. 

I'm going to put out some feelers with Estates & Facilities to see if there is a reason for the current numbering system, and will get back to you once I have an answer. 

For now, don't forget that your You Make Change is live on the SUSU website and can be voted upon. If you have any other questions, please let me know. 

All the best,

Samuel Dedman (VP Education 2017-19,


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Cori Haws commented on

Saturday 3rd Nov 2018 6:45pm

I am personally struggling to see a problem here.

Is the person saying the numbering is a problem because similar numbers are not necessarily next to each other, or that buildings don't have names?

As far as I am aware, ssentially all buildings with a single subject have the subject name for the building name, buildings with multiple subjects/disciplines have conventional names.

As for notices, as far as I am aware, all buildings have both their name and number on them.

i.e. B46 - Physics and B44 - Shackleton

Regarding the consistency of maps, I think the person needs to specify where there is an inconsistency.

I've yet to find an issue with which allows you to find buildings by name or number. Furthermore, most university maps including the ones around campus are based off

Alexander Petrov commented on

Friday 2nd Nov 2018 9:28pm

Building numbering makes no sense at all but using names might be an overkill. There's a lot of buildings.

Mauro Camara Escudero commented on

Friday 2nd Nov 2018 2:49pm

I think most buildings already have a name, the numbering system just makes it easier to give directions. Compare

“I’m going to building 15” (or B15 if you’re texting)


”I’m going to Wolfson / Rayleigh building”

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