Hello, and thank you for getting in touch! There are a couple of different ways in which I can see new study spaces being made available, so bear with me and I’ll go through them all. The first is a simple one - by building more suitable spaces. This is obviously a fairly long-term development, but as a starting point the new South Gower building is due to be finished by 2019 and should bring with it a large amount of new flexible space for students. We know that the University is planning a fairly ambitious building schedule over the next couple of years across a range of campuses, and should I be re-elected as VP Education I’d ensure that adequate study space (both individual and group) is incorporated as part of these. I’d also involve local students and local Academic Reps in planning discussions, ensuring that the facilities are tailored to their needs. Admittedly, new buildings are by no means guaranteed and will take a while to be built regardless. It is therefore also important that we start to use current spaces better. Further refurbishments to Library and Common Learning spaces are expected over this coming summer, and I’ve already been involved with conversations this year to ensure that the space is used efficiently and is up to the standard which students deserve. This includes making more plugs sockets available, better internet access and indeed rolling out lecture capture to more of our spaces. The improvements made last summer to the Hartley Library site show just how effective this can be, and again it is crucial that students are engaged and consulted throughout to create truly student-friendly spaces. Finally I honestly believe that the Union should be offering some sort of study space for students. I’ve been lucky to visit a lot of other Unions over the past few months and the vast majority of them offered some sort of study space to their members. Your Union should be here to make your experience of studying as easy as it can be, and providing a space to study is a really important part of this. Watching Bar 2 be used as a study space this year has been really interesting, and I think with some small tweaks to make it warmer, more comfortable and better equipped it could become a really nice space for students. Additions like more beanbags don’t cost a whole lot, and most importantly mean that the space can retain its current flexibility as both a study space and a bookable space for clubs and societies. Hopefully that answers your question. I’m more than happy to chat about this further if you have any more questions - just drop me a message on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GETreDEDUCATED). Thanks again for getting in touch! Sam.
This question was also only asked to SamuelAnswered by Samuel on 24/02/18 13:31