Posted on Tue 30 May 2017 at 13:33 by Christopher Carter
As we find ourselves in the middle of Term 3 and the height of exam season, there’s no doubt that the issue of study space is high on the agenda of the student community. As the University continues to grow and expand, so do the challenges of managing spaces and ensuring that Warwick students are given adequate provision of places to carry out their studies.
As an SU, we are acutely aware of the impact this issue has on our members, and we’ve always been clear that we need a combination of shorter and longer-term solutions to this problem. The University is also taking action on this pressing issue, and I’m delighted to share in this blog some insight into an exciting project that the SU and University have been collaborating on this year.
Back In January, I organised a meeting with the Director of Estates to discuss the possibility of a practical project exploring how we could enhance and improve existing spaces on campus to facilitate further social learning areas. As a result of this meeting, an operational team of representatives from across the University and SU was established to get to work on this matter.
Since its establishment, this group has looked at several key locations on campuses and devised concrete plans for modifications which will allow further social learning for students. We’re therefore delighted to announce the following improvements, which will be in place for the start of the next academic year:
- The Physics concourse will be installed with tailored furniture to facilitate group study which can be accessed by all students, thus repositioning it as a central learning space.
- The Social Sciences corridor (starting outside S0.21) will be expanded, making way for a more open area which will not only relieve congestion, but also provide additional study spaces.
- The first floor of the Rootes Building (opposite Bar Fusion) will be revamped to provide furniture and technical infrastructure which will optimise the utilisation of the space for studying purposes.
- There will be significant modifications to the Westwood campus with the aim of transforming it into a genuine learning hub, including enhancements to the Westwood cafe which will facilitate further social study spaces for students.
- The language corridor of the Humanities Building will be fitted with touch-down work ledges designed to facilitate quick work stops for students in between lectures, seminars or meetings.
Though these changes will not solve the study space crisis, they are significant positive steps towards ensuring that our existing campus spaces are facilitating student learning in the best way possible.
However, this is just the beginning. The SU and the University are committed to continuing to work together to provide further study spaces for Warwick students, and ensuring that the student voice is at the heart of future space developments. There is still plenty of work to be done in this area, and as an SU we look forward to building on the positive collaborations of this year and striving for a campus where students are getting the best possible deal when it comes to study spaces.