We’ve improved computing facilities and teaching areas:
- Centrally-supported teaching rooms are available to students for private or group study outside of scheduled teaching hours. Students can check the room timetable on the door and use the space when it is shown to be free. This is in response to continued requests for more student study space on campus.
- Major refurbishments have been carried out to teaching PC clusters in various buildings including Daysh, Medical School, Ridley and Bedson. The refurbishments have resulted in an increase in the number of PCs available and quality fit for purpose facilities.
- There are now four 24 hour PC clusters available on campus: Old library building, Bedson Side Cluster, Medical School Fell and the Student Union. The library has 24 hour opening over the exam period and at peak times.
- The Robinson library has undergone major refurbishment. On the 3rd and 4th floors more student study spaces have been created with 130 additional PCs, two research spaces, a media room and information points. Books were decanted to the University store to make space for the additional study areas. These books remain available to readers on request. The refurbished café Eat@ Newcastle Library on the first floor is proving very popular and open until 7.30pm Monday – Friday and 5.30pm at weekends.
- Student social spaces have been improved in response to student requests not only for common rooms but informal areas where they can study in groups. Common rooms in King George VI building, Dental School and Ridley 1 have been improved with hot water points and areas for students to eat their own food. A new social learning space has been created on the ground floor of the Agriculture building with PCs and a collaborative workspace. General student touch-down areas have been created at the entrance to Merz Court and the Bedson building.
- Quick access stations. There are now 59 of these located in various locations across campus: (Sports Centre x 4, Dental School Lecture Theatres x 3, Medical School Foyer x 3, Merz Court 2nd Floor x 4, Stephenson Building foyer x 2, Cassie Building Foyer x 3, Percy Building foyer x 4, Old Library Building foyer x 4, Bedson Teaching Centre foyer x 4, Daysh Building Foyer x 4, Law School x 2, Herschel Building concourse x 6, Claremont Tower foyer x 4, Ridley Two building x 3, Agriculture Building outside Clement Stephenson Lecture Theatre x2, Daysh Brae cluster entrance x 3, Bedson Foyer (Chemistry) x 4)
- The phased refurbishment of the Armstrong building is focusing on the creation of good quality teaching rooms in the Queen Victoria wing. The second floor was completed in 2011 with excellent lecture theatres, a seminar room, PC cluster and student lounge. Three teaching rooms on the third floor have been refurbished and four new seminar rooms are due to open on the first floor.
- The refurbishment of the Fine Art building features a new fully-accessible entrance and fit for purpose studio facilities for the students.
- Positive comments have been received about the purpose built Business School
“The business school is really good now. It has made this year a lot easier having everything in one place. It’s more sociable, you meet loads of people on the course. You didn’t used to, as everyone was in different places” - free comment from the NSS student survey