Have your say on our Education Spaces

We are inviting our students that have stayed with us this summer to have their say on our Education Spaces on campus. Join us on the 26 July to share your views on our teaching spaces on campus and contribute towards a future strategy that will be developed.

We will also provide you with an opportunity to deliver feedback on a range of issues, including:

• The form and function of space;

• Location, scale and ownership; and

• Suggestions on the how the spaces might be made more appropriate to student and staff needs.

Three separate workshop sessions have been planned for Wednesday 26th July. If you are interested in attending, please complete the form at the link below and indicate which session you would like to attend; we will then confirm with a formal calendar invitation.

Review of education spaces preference form

Refreshments will be provided and students will also receive a payment for attending.

£3.5m for Access Works to Campus

A £3.5m equality access improvements programme will commence this year.  

Access to areas in and around campus matters to all not least disabled students and staff. We remain committed to improving accessibility on campus and produce Access News which provides a roundup of our work in this area.

This summer a significant investment will take place to further improve equality access amongst areas on campus. The £3.5m access works programme, commencing this summer and expected for completion by 2019, includes a detailed maintenance and external environments work programme and will  address issues such as improving way-finding signage, improvements to ramps and some new ramps to replace steps; the provision of new and more accessible pathways and parking bays. Work will also take place to improve access to the Parkinson Building.

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Demolition of Estate building paves way for new project

The construction site for the integrated campus for Engineering and Physical Sciences is now firmly in place. Demolition work on the site is now complete and involved removing the Estates building, Plumbers and Locksmiths workshops and the larger building ‘old boiler house’.

The planning permission and List Building Consent applications were submitted on the 1st June. Next steps will be the second stage of the tender process for the construction work, this runs from June to November. The successful contractor is expected to start on site February 2018.

View the demolition video

 

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Lecture theatre transformation success

It’s official, there has been a significant improvement in user experience amongst our students following the innovative transformation of three lecture theatres last summer.

The £2.8m innovative, sector leading redesign of Dental LT, Mechanical Engineering LT B and Roger Stevens LT 8 completed last summer allowing for a full year of teaching to be delivered this year. The work undertaken saw the physical redevelopment of the lecture theatre spaces to allow group discussion alongside the use of installed technology for group work, interaction, communication and recording.

Students were surveyed before and after the transformation with regards to how satisfied they were with the lecture theatres, how comfortable they found the writing surfaces, how conducive the room was for group study, how satisfied they were with AV and IT provision and how well the lecture theatre lends itself to group work.

The fantastic results showed our students love the facilities, with overwhelming satisfaction scores above 80% for each of these areas.

Some students feedback comments included:

“Great for group work”

“It is much better and comfier”

“We need more lecture theatres like this”

Satisfaction scores

Dental Lecture Theatre

29.4

percentage points higher

52.1% (2016)  –  81.5% (2017 )

Roger Stevens 8

20.5

percentage points higher

64.5% (2016) – 85% (2017)

Mechanical Engineering Lecture Theatre B

20.1

percentage points higher

67.2% (2016) – 87.3% (2017)

Professor Neil Morris, Director of Digital Learning at the University commented:

“Through the transformation of our spaces we have been able to establish the strong pedagogy that we were trying to achieve. The collaborative spaces, with desk based technology which is innovative, enables students to work collaboratively through digital means and enriches their learning experiences.

This first year we have seen a number of the staff undertake the type of teaching they’ve wanted to do for many years but haven’t been able to because of the configuration of the space. The impact is huge for teachers as they are actually able to do the teaching that they want to do and from that comes the positive student satisfaction figures that we’ve seen from our survey.”

 

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School of Psychology Refurbishment Complete

Campus then and now: Roger Stevens Building

We’ve been digging through our archive of old campus photos and found a few images that show the campus throughout the years. This month we’re focussing on the Roger Stevens Building.

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Then: Original design for Roger Stevens 

The original design for the Roger Stevens was very different from the final lecture theatre, as can be seen in the architecture’s mock-up above! 

The Roger Stevens Building seems to be a bit of a marmite building – people either love it or hate it.

Completed in 1970, the building was designed in the brutalist style by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, which was fashionable between the 50’s and 70’s – as demonstrated in a number of buildings around Leeds – and was actually meant to form just a small part of the wider campus plan, which unfortunately (if you love the style like we do) never came to full fruition due to financial restraints. This blog by Tina Richardson, Lecturer at the School of Design, provides a fascinating insight into the building and its history, gave us the interesting fact that the basement was home to a broadcasting studio.

 

 

Now: Roger Stevens Building (2017)

It is host to 25 lecture theatres offering a range of capacities, including some of the newest and most innovative spaces on campus. It is also home of the Print & Copy Bureau, the one stop shop for all printing, copying, artwork preparation and mailing services at the university.

But our favourite residents are the Mallard ducks which nest in the surrounding undergrowth and use the ornamental pond (which was once used in the air conditioning system for the building – just don’t ask us how!).

It’s also featured in Meet in Leeds Venue of the Month!

Ryan Johnson 

Share your thoughts

If you have any past stories about Roger Stevens Building let us know!
Tweet us your throwback images and stories to  @UoLCampusDev #UoLThrowback

 

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New Brownlee Centre and Cycle Circuit complete

The ten-month, £5m investment is complete at the University’s Bodington Playing Fields in North Leeds. The new 1 mile (1.6km) cycle circuit is one of the longest in the country and sits alongside the Brownlee Centre; the UK’s first purpose-built triathlon training base, providing the first permanent home for the world-class Leeds Triathlon Centre.

Adrian Smith, Estates Project Manager said about the project:

“This has been a unique opportunity and project for Estate Services to deliver. Geo Houlton & Sons Ltd, the contractor have been very dedicated in delivering an exceptional result for the university. Throughout it all we have worked closely with the client to ensure we fully interpreted their requirements. It’s been incredibly exciting working on this project and on behalf of Estates Services we are delighted that this new facility really strengthens the sports facility provision at Leeds.”

Construction Director Dave Padden said: 

“Houlton were very excited to be involved in this project. The scheme offers students first class, state of the art facilities as well as continuing to provide grass roots sports in the wider community.

For us, the fact that Houlton, a long established company with a tradition of providing investment and opportunity for its own staff, were given the opportunity to be associated with the investment, the University and its partners have made to develop aspiring athletes of the future as well as existing Elite athletes, makes us immensely proud”

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Investing further in our Central Teaching Spaces!

We will be investing a further £2m into our Central Teaching Spaces this summer. 19 lecture theatres and seminar rooms within the Roger Stevens, Chemistry and Michael Sadler buildings will undergo refurbishment to create modernised and inspiring places for our students to be taught in.

The project will be led by the Facilities Services Team and is set to be complete in time for the start of the autumn term. Works include the replacement of AV & IT as well as a general refresh of the spaces.

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