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New spaces for Group Study in the Library at University of Central Lancashire
In 2015, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) announced a £200 million Campus development plan that would transform the campus environment and strengthen links with the community. The wide-reaching programme includes new buildings, significant landscaping changes and enhancements to existing teaching spaces.
The library is one the early beneficiaries of the redevelopment activity. Considered to be at the heart of campus and university life, the library is one of the main focus points for student learning activity outside of the classroom.
To successfully meet the needs of the student body, the library has to accommodate a variety of activities and learning approaches. With open access computing areas and private study areas already in place, attention was turned to the group study spaces.
The group study rooms needed to offer students a comfortable work environment that would enable them to come together around a screen to work collaboratively on projects, presentation and research activity.
TeamMate WorksZone Collaboration tables were selected by Pure AV to provide the foundation for the workspace. Able to accommodate between six to ten users, they provide a comfortable area for students to work on. UCLan also wanted to make the study areas light and appealing, so each of the tables has been selected with a different coloured finish, creating a collection of bright, vibrant work areas.
Each table has a Philips 48” display paired with an AMX huddle conference camera to enable quick conference meetings. The central connectivity module was fitted with power, USB charging and a HDMI back to back module to enable users to bring external devices in order to mirror content onto the main display. A local PC was also installed for those without laptops or other devices.
James Crooks, Director of Learning and Information Services commented,
For group working we find that students really want a nice bright open space with enough space for them to interact with each other in different ways. The underpinning elements of this include access to technology that enables them to collaborate, whether on specific pieces of work, a presentation, or to research different materials and resources.
To support this, we need audio visual technology that is really integrated within the environment itself and not an afterthought. Our students love our group working spaces, the only negative is that there isn’t enough of them as they are in such high demand all the time.
The feedback we receive about our students’ experience in these spaces is overwhelmingly positive.