Access

£3.5m for Access Works to Campus

A £3.5m equality access improvements programme will commence this year.  

Access to areas in and around campus matters to all not least disabled students and staff. We remain committed to improving accessibility on campus and produce Access News which provides a roundup of our work in this area.

This summer a significant investment will take place to further improve equality access amongst areas on campus. The £3.5m access works programme, commencing this summer and expected for completion by 2019, includes a detailed maintenance and external environments work programme and will  address issues such as improving way-finding signage, improvements to ramps and some new ramps to replace steps; the provision of new and more accessible pathways and parking bays. Work will also take place to improve access to the Parkinson Building.

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Estates building demolition

Demolition of Estate building paves way for new project

The construction site for the integrated campus for Engineering and Physical Sciences is now firmly in place. Demolition work on the site is now complete and involved removing the Estates building, Plumbers and Locksmiths workshops and the larger building ‘old boiler house’.

The planning permission and List Building Consent applications were submitted on the 1st June. Next steps will be the second stage of the tender process for the construction work, this runs from June to November. The successful contractor is expected to start on site February 2018.

View the demolition video

 

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Lecture theatre

Lecture theatre transformation success

It’s official, there has been a significant improvement in user experience amongst our students following the innovative transformation of three lecture theatres last summer.

The £2.8m innovative, sector leading redesign of Dental LT, Mechanical Engineering LT B and Roger Stevens LT 8 completed last summer allowing for a full year of teaching to be delivered this year. The work undertaken saw the physical redevelopment of the lecture theatre spaces to allow group discussion alongside the use of installed technology for group work, interaction, communication and recording.

Students were surveyed before and after the transformation with regards to how satisfied they were with the lecture theatres, how comfortable they found the writing surfaces, how conducive the room was for group study, how satisfied they were with AV and IT provision and how well the lecture theatre lends itself to group work.

The fantastic results showed our students love the facilities, with overwhelming satisfaction scores above 80% for each of these areas.

Some students feedback comments included:

“Great for group work”

“It is much better and comfier”

“We need more lecture theatres like this”

Satisfaction scores

Dental Lecture Theatre

29.4

percentage points higher

52.1% (2016)  –  81.5% (2017 )

Roger Stevens 8

20.5

percentage points higher

64.5% (2016) – 85% (2017)

Mechanical Engineering Lecture Theatre B

20.1

percentage points higher

67.2% (2016) – 87.3% (2017)

Professor Neil Morris, Director of Digital Learning at the University commented:

“Through the transformation of our spaces we have been able to establish the strong pedagogy that we were trying to achieve. The collaborative spaces, with desk based technology which is innovative, enables students to work collaboratively through digital means and enriches their learning experiences.

This first year we have seen a number of the staff undertake the type of teaching they’ve wanted to do for many years but haven’t been able to because of the configuration of the space. The impact is huge for teachers as they are actually able to do the teaching that they want to do and from that comes the positive student satisfaction figures that we’ve seen from our survey.”

 

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