A new study space for students of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences has been officially opened, providing a relaxed area for students to work, catch-up and have informal meetings.
Professor Mark Lewis officially opened the study space today (5th February 2019) at a special launch event. Students and staff were invited to see the newly created area for the first time and have some pizza, cake and fruit.
The study area (room NCSEM 1.42, opposite the School's student support team office) was devised in response to feedback in last year's National Student Survey. Undergraduate students said they wanted a flexible space for groupwork and meetings that did not require pre-booking. Feedback from programme reps suggested that the theme for this space should be "a home away from home".
Taking the project forward, School staff tried to ensure everything from furniture choices to decoration reflected our students' desire for a comfortable and relaxed informal area in which to work and meet.
Efforts were also taken to ensure practicality as well. There are work tables with built-in plug sockets and charging points enabling people to carry on working when their laptop and tablet batteries start running low.
The space also draws on research from within the School - for example, the height-adjustable sit-stand desks designed to combat the health and fitness effects of prolonged sitting - while the balance ball chairs proved to be a popular addition.
The new area will be utilised by students across our sports-related, bioscience and psychology courses as an area in which to work on group projects, meet with other students or staff, or simply to catch-up between lectures.
We hope you will visit soon and that you will enjoy using it.