News Release

REF NO.: 185

SUBJECT: Memorial's Battery Facility Graduate Student Accommodations offering broad views, seeking the same

DATE: July 6, 2015

Applications for Memorial University’s Battery Facility Graduate Student Accommodations are now being accepted. It’s an exciting step in Memorial’s vision for the Battery Facility as a centre for public engagement in the province.

“We hope Memorial graduate students will feel the Battery is a home away from home," said Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor, Memorial University. “And a sense of belonging is something we want to extend throughout the space as more units and programming move in. It will be a place where the people of Memorial and this province can meet, collaborate and work together. To begin, we’re looking for graduate students who are interested in being a part of that community, both as citizens and through their studies.”

The first group of 42 rooms, available in September, is located in the Harbour Wing on the southeast corner of the facility. A group of 45 rooms in the tower section of the building is expected to be ready for residents later in the fall. The accommodations are open to registered graduate students of Memorial University or the Marine Institute. All rooms are single occupancy, with a private washroom. The kitchen and lounge facilities will be common areas shared between about 15 students each. Cafeteria services will not be offered, although there are plans for food services to be available as the facility becomes more operational.

Public engagement potential at the Battery Facility will be emphasized in all aspects of the property, from the planned conference space to the programming offered by Memorial tenants, including the Gardiner Centre, Genesis Centre, Harris Centre and the Office of Public Engagement. It is even an aspect of the application process for the accommodations.

“While there are a number of criteria that will contribute to an applicant’s likelihood of being assigned a room, perhaps the most interesting asks potential residents to share whether they plan to include public engagement as an aspect of their graduate studies,” explained Dr. Rob Greenwood, executive director, Public Engagement. “As more and more programming starts taking place at the Battery Facility, we’re looking forward to seeing how our graduate student residents can participate, share and engage.”

For more information on the Battery Facility Graduate Student Accommodations and to apply, please visit www.mun.ca/hfcs/battery_accommodations/index.php.  


About Memorial University’s Battery Facility

Memorial's Battery Facility is located on historic Signal Hill in St. John's, N.L. While the building has a previous history as a hotel, the new vision is to create a space for public engagement between Memorial and the people and organizations of Newfoundland and Labrador, while also addressing some of Memorial’s pressing space needs.


Planning for the Battery Facility is ongoing, and has involved students, faculty and staff at Memorial, along with people from across the province through our public consultation process. A number of Memorial's public engagement units will move into the facility, including the Genesis Group, Gardiner Centre, Harris Centre and the Office of Public Engagement. The Battery property will also provide dedicated accommodations for graduate students, planned in consultation with the Graduate Students’ Union.


The building and operations will be cost-neutral to the university. Funding will be provided from redirecting lease expenditures and lease-cost avoidance for off-campus space, philanthropic funds, residence room rentals and revenue generated from activities at the facility.

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