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University of Edinburgh: Nucleus Building, King's Buildings Campus


In Person

The Nucleus building is a brand new shared learning, teaching and social hub at the heart of The King’s Buildings campus; it has transformed the student and staff experience, providing brand new, learning, teaching and social spaces for campus users.

The building design incorporates several sustainability initiatives and achieves the highest environmental certification rating of EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) – an A rating. As part of the construction process of the building substructure, 200 tonnes of demolition material from the building that previously stood on the site was recycled and reused. Initiatives like these have reduced the overall carbon footprint of the construction process.

School of Physics and Astronomy:
Come and meet the physicists who work at KB! You will have the chance to help us build a giant LEGO model, use some virtual-reality headsets and take part in many hands-on activities about bio-physics, a not-so-well-known but fascinating discipline at the intersection between physics and biology.

School of Engineering:
Come along to our Nucleus hub to see student societies demonstrating their inspiring work from across all the engineering disciplines. You may see the future of high speed transportation from our hyperloop society, or chat to engineers striving to make an impact on current societal and environmental issues with our engineers for change society… you may even see a rocket built by our own student engineers that successfully launched, but wasn’t quite as successful at landing.

School of Chemistry 
Come and explore Chemistry with a range of hands-on activities covering a wide variety of topics. From edible chemical reactions to using computers to discover the chemistry of the future, learn about the chemistry being researched here on Kings Campus. From child-friendly experiments, talks combining research and music, and scientists discussing their research, stop by the chemistry-themed tables to discover how chemistry is all around us! 

FUSION Art-Science exhibition:
A collaboration between researchers in the School of Physics and Astronomy and three final-year students at the Edinburgh College of Art, this is a gallery of new works investigating the science, people and passions behind current research and teaching activities.

Edinburgh Alumnae: a celebration:
See our newly installed gallery of notable women who studied or worked at the University of Edinburgh. They represent some of those few women whose talents and determination — and their passion for their subject — led them to success, despite in many cases the circumstances and prejudices of their time.

Campus tours and exhibitions: 

  • Find out more about Katie Paterson’s Ideas: a campus-wide art-science installation by one of Scotland’s most celebrated artists. Download the tour app and find the 100 ideas!
  • Hour-long walking tours of campus history and architecture leave at 10.30am, 12 noon and 2pm from outside the Nucleus Building.
  • Explore our outdoor campus history exhibition, which uses unique aerial images to show the evolution of The King’s Buildings over a century.
  • The Nucleus cafeteria will also be open.

Key Information

The Nucleus will be the central focus of campus activity for staff, students and visitors alike, and is a good starting point for the KB Doors Open experience.

The Nucleus will host events and demonstrations for the following groups:

  • School of Physics and Astronomy
  • School of Engineering 
  • FUSION Art-Science exhibition
  • Edinburgh Alumnae: a celebration


Where to find us

  • King's Buildings Campus
  • Thomas Bayes Road
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3FG

Programmes this building took part in: