artist impression of the new catalyst building

Catalyst building

Introducing The Catalyst. A new 8,800 sqm, four storey building, bringing together the delivery of apprenticeships and skills, to meet employer demand, in flexible, high-quality, digitally enabled space.

Located at our Leek Road Campus in Stoke-on-Trent on the former Brindley building site, The Catalyst is a University within a building. It brings together social, study, teaching and support functions as well as delivering events space, community space, food outlets and more.

A University hub providing world-class services and settings to support students through their education and towards their employment, the building will also reach out to, and welcome, both current and future students, staff and employers.

Opening Hours:

  • The Catalyst building is now open 24/7 for staff and students
  • Library Click and Collect facility from 8am to 10pm daily.
  • The Bistro from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
  • The Kitchen 8am to 2pm Monday to Friday.
  • The Coffee Shop 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday

Step inside the Catalyst

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Over 6,300 apprenticeships by 2030

As part of our commitment to work-based learning, The Catalyst building will provide a dedicated space for our higher degree apprentices. It will bring together the delivery of apprenticeships and skills and help to meet employer demand in a flexible, high-quality, digitally enabled space. 
An artistic rendering of the Catalyst interior

The Catalyst for social good

Sustainability and social value commitments are at the heart of The Catalyst project. See how we’re working to ensure a sustainable future with our colleagues, students and project partners. 

Read more about Catalyst sustainability and social value.

Catalyst construction work

Watch as The Catalyst Building takes shape

On campus cameras have been capturing The Catalyst as it takes shape with new video updates every month. 

Artistic rendering of the Catalyst

Artistic rendering of the Catalyst atrium

Artistic rendering of the Catalyst foyer

Artistic rendering of the Catalyst kitchen

Artistic rendering of the Catalyst mezzanine

Catalyst building progress

Catalyst building progress

Catalyst building progress

Catalyst building progress

The Catalyst Case Study

Learn more about The Catalyst construction and digital innovation process in our OfS case study.

Catalyst news

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Staffordshire University reinforces commitment to region with local cladding experts appointed to work on £40m project

Staffordshire University has enlisted a local cladding specialist to provide the distinctive finishing touches to its new £40m flagship building
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£40m flagship building, The Catalyst, showcased in virtual fly-through

Staffordshire University’s upcoming £40m flagship building has been brought to life in a new virtual fly-through video tour
in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021