University Wayfinding

Across all given large university environments, university wayfinding is an essential part of strategy.


When tackling the issues of a university campus it is important to appreciate the size and therefore the huge scale of people navigating across a range of environments on a day to day basis. This continued movement of people is also encouraged for large colleges, where the continued movement of people is encouraged, and as a result efficiencies are prioritised.
A key component of university wayfinding is not only creating a good first impression for perspective students, but maintaining a consistent user experience. This is appreciated by current students and staff. It is implementing such a strategy that has been shown to maximise productivity, therefore creating a more focused academic environment.


Benefits of Our Wayfinding Process
  • Improved efficiencies especially in the movement of people
  • Massive cost savings due to reductions in lost time
  • Reduction of missed appointments because of clearer wayfinding
  • Management documentation for continuing benefits
  • Improved communication due to a better understanding of wayfinding
  • Positive visitor feedback due to a smoother experience
  • Reduced signage and therefore reduced costs
  • Reduced need for further signage keeping costs down going forward
  • Improves Brand and Image due to better consistency
  • Project Implementation and therefore peace of mind


Aberdeen University Library

Aberdeen University Library first started construction in 2009. Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects it was the winner of the RIBA Awards 2013: RIBA National Award Winner on 13th June 2013. The 15,500 m² library, which provides a 21st century learning and research environment for students, university staff, visitors and the public, is a positive example of how architecture can make a difference.

CAST Technium Building

The Centre for Advanced Software Technology (C.A.S.T.) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bangor University, established in 2006 in association with the pan-Wales Technium programme. Banger University along with the Wales Technium Programme commissioned Wayfinder UK to develop a wayfinding strategy specifically for the new development.

Catmose Campus

Catmose College is an academy school based in Rutland. The College is one of highest attaining in Rutland and Leicestershire. The Ofsted report in February 2012 rated the college ‘outstanding’ in all categories.

Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt's main campus is located in Riccarton in South West Edinburgh on 380 acres of parkland. The campus consists of student residences, a postgraduate centre, shops, several library collections, childcare, healthcare, a chaplaincy, a variety of recreational and sports facilities, and a museum.

We Understand the in-built cognitive mechanisms used by human beings and therefore understand how they navigate. As a result it is this understanding that allows us to harness them correctly to deliver effective university wayfinding.

Mike Slater

University Wayfinding Consultant

Our knowledge of University Wayfinding, and most of all where and when to position information is key. We understand the cognitive processes and therefore the workings within our subconscious. Hence we can identify how these processes might render easily visible signs useless.

In creating a solution, our consultative approach means we examine ways people perceive space and how they navigate through complex environments, in addition asking many questions to arrive at the correct solution.

Giving You a Strategic Wayfinding Solution That Works For Your University

We can provide you with an in depth analysis of how you perceive, and therefore navigate a building or area. As a result allowing you to understand the complexity of spatial awareness and the need for strategies to aid human navigation.

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