The new DH Lawrence Auditorium at The University of Nottingham’s campus in Ningbo, China, was officially opened by Dame Barbara Woodward, Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, last month.
The new addition to the Ningbo campus is named in honour of the prolific English writer DH Lawrence, a revered graduate of The University of Nottingham and an icon in Nottingham, UNESCO Creative City of Literature.
A miner’s son from Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, Lawrence would become one of the most popular writers of the 20th century following his untimely death at the age of 44 in 1930. His most famous works include Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Sons and Lovers.
Speaking on the occasion of the Auditorium’s inauguration, Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, said:
“The naming of the DH Lawrence Auditorium is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the City’s most famous literary figure, Nottingham’s accolade in being designated a UNESCO City of Literature and the enduring power of culture and heritage to transcend national borders”.
The Auditorium is at the cutting edge of technology and can seat 1,000 people. The venue will provide more teaching and learning space for the nearly 7,000 students studying for British degrees on campus. The University of Nottingham’s Ningbo China campus opened in 2004 and was the first foreign university to open in China. It is a joint venture between The University of Nottingham and the local Wanli Education Group.