21 Jan 2016
Open Day Event for West Park Teaching Hub
Staff and Students are being invited to take a look inside the brand new West Park Teaching Hub ahead of the start of lectures in the building.
An Open Day event is set to take place on Thursday 28 January. It will give staff and students the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the layout of the building and its different teaching areas. For staff that will teach in the building there will also be the opportunity to try the equipment.
Staff and students are welcome to drop in throughout the day. Technicians will be on hand to provide advice about the equipment available between 10am and 12pm and again between 2pm and 4pm. Light refreshments will be available.
The University has invested £3 million to create the new teaching space. It includes five tiered lecture theatres designed to support collaborative learning. They range in size, with the largest having a capacity of 258. The facility also includes two seminar rooms and a central learning and exhibition zone which can be used as two small areas or one large one. The soft furnishings include a range of contemporary, eye-catching and colourful designs.
Alongside the formal teaching space there is an informal learning area with comfortable seating. In addition there is a café.
Work has been underway since last July to convert the existing building. The project has involved a complete adaptation, reconfiguration and refurbishment of the internal layout.
Lectures and seminars in the new facility will commence from 1 February. It will primarily be used by those Schools and Departments currently based at the West Park of campus, including Civil and Building; Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering; Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering and Physics. The building will also be home to the Maths Learning Support Centre. Other support services may be accommodated in the building in due course.
Development of the West Parking Teaching Hub forms part of a £25 million investment in a ‘student learning zone’ at the west end of campus.