Transforming Learning Spaces

New inspiring learning space is open

Students are at the centre in all that we do here at AECC University College and attention will always go to developments that help meet student’s learning needs.

Our library is a great example of a space being transformed around student learning, with a stunning refurbishment of the library in 2016. Phase 1 of the library development project, saw a refurbishment of the mezzanine floor, which provided a much brighter study area with the all-important study pods; enabling students to work collaboratively. Evidence that the new space was a success was via student and staff comments and we also noted the use of the study space rose by over 33% following the refurbishment.

Phase two of the library project was completed this summer with another new inspiring learning space around the spiral staircase. Due to some creative design work to make the most of the space, the computers were relocated along the back wall, resulting in the number of computers around the spiral staircase area increasing from 6 to 13, all of which are brand new with integrated hard drives.

The latest development also provides more of a showcase to our beautiful stained glass windows, as they can be easily viewed through the new chrome and glass surround of the spiral staircase.

Caroline Cooke, Head of Library and Learning Services said: “Initial feedback from students and staff is that the 'wow factor' has stepped gingerly downstairs!”

Lesley opened the space in the morning of September 24th, thanking all the teams for their hard work in creating and transforming the new learning space, and for their role in creating the inspiration and concept. Special commendations went to Library and Learning Services Team, IT team and our Facilities and Building team, Lesley also thanked all who popped in to for the grand opening.

A special mention needs to go Peter Ford, Director of Administration delivering on the project, alongside our Facilities and Building team and Axis House who brought the concept to reality.

The Library and Learning Services Team have a clear vision of what success looks like for our learners. Ongoing evaluation of the impact of this project will help ensure the most successful approaches are adopted across the campus for the benefit of our learning community.

Congratulations to all involved.  View before and after shots on AECC University College Instagram

 

Opening new learning space

Library new learning space

Library new learning space looking up

Library new learning space looking down

 

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Sarah Burbidge

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