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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Study, Storage and Social Space

All students undertaking postgraduate study in the School have access to a number of dedicated facilities within the School of Social and Political Science, as well as those provided by the University. These include:

SPS-based facilities are available 24x7 unless stated. Access to buildings and rooms is by your university card. There is excellent wireless coverage across campus, and the Chrystal Macmillan Building has complete wireless coverage. 

PhD Hotdesk Facilities

The West Wing

The West Wing is a study area for all research students within the School of Social and Political Science. It is located in rooms 3.18 and 3.19 of the William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School but is accessed via the 5th floor of the Chrystal Macmillan Building, by lift and stairway 2.

The West Wing contains two rooms, the first of which is a hotdesk and communal area, with the second room being reserved for quiet study.

Please be considerate of other users of the School space. For health and safety reasons, we have a 'no sleeping on the premises' policy. If you are in need of housing support, please contact The Advice Place.

PhD students have priority use of large lockers in the Chrystal Macmillan Building for keeping books and other belongings secure.

Any queries regarding PhD Hotdesk Facilities should be directed to in the first instance.

SSPS Microlabs

Located in rooms B.03/B.04 (basement) of the Chrystal Macmillan Building, (for all SSPS students, both undergraduate and postgraduate). Note that although these may be used by students outside teaching hours; they are sometimes booked for classes during teaching hours. The microlabs are accessed using your university card and pin number. They are open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Food and drink (other than water in a closed container) is not allowed in the labs. Please use the common room (1.15) which has kitchen facilities.


Lockers are available on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th floors of the Chrystal Macmillan Building, and in both rooms of the West Wing. Locker keys are available (for a £10 deposit) from the Graduate School Office Reception. Note - please do not swap locker keys with other students. Return them instead to the Graduate School Office (Room 1.20) for re-allocation.

Meeting Rooms and Breakout Rooms

Meeting Rooms within the Chrystal Macmillan Building can be booked by postgraduate students via the Graduate School Office Reception, either in person or by email (

Student Mail

There are postgraduate student mailboxes in the Graduate School Reception. Please remember to check them regularly.

Access to CMB outwith office hours

Out of office hours, to gain access to the building you must use the smaller glass door on the ground floor where there is a swipe card system on the right hand side of the door. For entry you will need your student card and pin number (your pin number can be found on MyEd). You can also gain entry from the lower ground floor.

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