Exciting Campus Developments at AECC University College for 2020

It’s been a busy and exciting few months for AECC University College as we revamp our facilities ahead of the new academic year.

In addition to the general maintenance that you would expect during a summer period, new procedures have been put in place to ensure all is safe for students to study on campus when term begins in September.

We’re looking forward to welcoming students and staff back on-site and enrolling all those who will be newly joining us to begin their studies. 

Acquisition of a New Site

We are pleased to have purchased the St Thomas Garnet’s School site that lies opposite our campus on Parkwood Road. At the beginning of May, the private school announced it would be closing its doors for the final time at the end of the summer term. Following the announcement, we started discussions with the School’s Board of Trustees about its future, and the sale was finalised recently.

The School will become a second campus hosting our growing rehabilitation provision and some new courses. In the short-term, with over 1,319 sqm of additional space and some beautiful outdoor space too, the school will provide additional social distancing teaching capacity for new and returning students.

Investment in Radiography Facilities

Work is now well underway on the fit-out of AECC University College’s state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Suite. The brand-new training facilities and medical imaging equipment will be available for use by Radiography students from September this year. 

A high-performance digital X-Ray suite, including a Direct Radiography (DR) room and virtual ward, is set to support and enhance the teaching of AECC University College’s new Diagnostic Radiography course, fully preparing students for work in a clinical environment.

The School of Radiology investment will also include a high-tech 3-dimensional radiotherapy simulator to support students on its Therapeutic Radiography course. The virtual 3D machine is to be located on the floor above the new DR Room and will be an invaluable asset for student training – simulating a real-life Radiotherapy Suite, students can prepare for all manner of scenarios.

New Developments to Enhance Learning

At AECC University College, it is important to us that student feedback is obtained to improve facilities and enhance learning and overall student experience. As such, we hope that students will be pleased to learn that the following additional developments to campus have been made:

  • Improvements to the pro-section lab to re-model the use of space and enable a greater number of tables for learning
  • New chiropractic benches have been purchased – with more to come when social distancing subsides!
  • Extra study spaces will be available – the AECC University College Biochemistry Lab has been transformed into a Digital Learning Lab, which will be a 40 learner IT suite with PCs embedded into desks. There will be a new seminar room on the ground floor of Cavendish House, as well as new desk sockets in the DP and Room 7 lecture theatres, to provide power and USB points
  • A revamp of the student gym, including new flooring and equipment

Regarding new social distancing measures, videos will be in place to help students, staff and patients orientate and become familiar with the new layout of the campus.

Proud to be AECC University College

Commenting on the new developments, Professor Lesley Haig, Vice-Chancellor of AECC University College said: “The AECC University College community is really excited about the developments that are taking place on campus and the potential that these bring for our continued growth as an institution. The past few months haven’t been easy for anyone, as the nation has had to adapt and adjust to life amidst a global pandemic. I have been so proud of the teamwork, community spirit and professionalism that I have seen demonstrated amongst our staff and students.

“Our mission continues to be to support a healthier society through education, research and clinical care. At the heart of our work is our drive to help people to live well for longer and we are very passionate about that. When we return to campus in September, albeit in a slightly different way, we will continue working to teach and inspire the next generation of healthcare professions who want to make a difference in the world through the treatment they provide. These new facilities will really enhance our ability to prepare students for Clinical life.”

You can find out more about the reopening of our campus in September here.