Learning and Teaching Space Refurbishments 2016

Over the summer of 2016, approximately £1.8million was invested across campus to create quality learning and teaching spaces.

The Herschel Building went through a major change on the first floor to provide the new Herschel Learning Lab. The project developed over a number of years; driven by a need for a 100+ seat flat-floor space to support group work and collaboration and reflecting increased awareness of technology enhanced learning and SOLE techniques, from this the concept was developed to cater for a broad range of activities across all faculties and subject areas.

AV and IT Capabilities

  • The decision was made to avoid a traditional teaching wall to promote innovative and less conventional ways of teaching with the lecturer free to move about the room.
  • Each of the 16 collaborative statioPhoto 1ns has its own large screen, computer and connections for personal devices to allow groups to work on their own individual tasks.
  • The teaching station allows the lecturer to send their presentation to all of the 16 collaborative stations and grab presentations from any collaborative station for review or share with the rest of room. A split-screen function allows the lecturer to present several presentations at once.
  • The lecturer can digitally annotate over their own presentation or over a presentation they grab from one of the collaborative stations.
  • The lecturer can present wirelessly from a tablet, which allows them to wander the room so they aren’t tied to the lectern when presenting.


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In the Armstrong building room 1.48 received a full refurbishment which restored many of the original features of the listed building including the original timber beams and the full height windows. The space is now a bright teaching space which the building users can be proud of.




The Barbara Strang Teaching Centre rooms in the Basement and Ground Floor levels received full refurbishments with new lighting, flooring, décor, IT and furniture. The spaces feel much lighter, cleaner and the feedback received has been really positive. In 2017 the first floor and second floor teaching rooms will also be refurbished with a new social learning space introduced to improve the facilities for students in the building.

As well as these projects King George Lecture Theatre 4 and two teaching rooms in the Stephenson building were also refurbished. We are already working on the projects which will be completed in Summer 2017 which includes teaching rooms in the Herschel Building (4th Floor), Stephenson Building, Old Library Building and two of the Bedson Building Lecture Theatres.

Our goal is to continue to improve the learning environments that are available to both staff and students, to do this any comments or suggestions are warmly welcomed.

To see full details on our recently completed projects please see the presentations below:

2016 Presentation

Past Refurbishments

2015 Presentation

2014 Presentation


We hope you like the improvements and we welcome any feedback