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    LRC GROUP BOOTHS AND BEANBAGS

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    Due to unanimous disappointment from within a group of my coursemates, we disapprove of the removal of the group study booths as they promoted group studying; sense of community which we felt benefitted our studying and our overall results from exams, as well as motivation. Group study booths were always in such high demand when used and when available as they enabled students to study in groups and in comfort as well as being able to spread out their work as a whole. When we heard that the LRC was being updated, we were thoroughly excited about the results, however, when we came back to uni in September and looked around the LRC we found that nearly all of the group study booths had been removed and replaced with individual study booths which demotes the sense of community the university is passionate about. Individual study booths also removes the chance to work as a group and the chances to ask peers for help or alternative options. Furthermore, we highly appreciated the supply of beanbags in the LRC as it provided a space to relax in the library when the cafe was too busy or too crowded just before an exam. We would very much like beanbags and large group study booths to return to the LRC.
Mary Parico
5:42pm on 22 Oct 18 Personally, I think we students may benefit in having the top floor as the place to studying in peace and keeping it that way. Whereas the other floors, namely the ground and 1st floor, may benefit in being updated as well that accommodates for bigger groups that wish to study together yet still maintain socializing aspect. I think having an area with beanbags to relax is a good idea however I am not sure how this will fit within the library without sacrificing areas where students use computers or study.
Sophie Fox
8:06pm on 22 Oct 18 What I don’t understand is that whenever you went to the top floor last year, you would always struggle to find a group booth as they were always in use (so they were clearly very popular), whereas there were always loads of individual study booths that were free for people to use - it therefore doesn’t make sense for them to take out the group booths that were always so popular and replace the whole floor with individual booths which were always in abundance last year anyway... and I don’t remember there being any formal discussion throughout the uni last year for us to decide on what the students as a whole wanted in relation to the booths for the redevelopment - it’s alright that a few students were wanting more individual study spaces, but as I said, there were always loads of free individual booths available anyway, so why would they need even more (or in this case a whole floor’s worth)?
Anis Aman
1:06pm on 30 Nov 18 Feedback from university: Thanks for your feedback on the changes to the CL LRC learning spaces. We’ve spent a lot of time researching how students use the LRCs, including observations of and discussions with many students across both LRCs, to understand the good and the not so good. One of the key things we are trying to create is a range of environments so people can find a space that meets their needs best - silent, quiet, studious buzz, active learning and relaxed spaces like the cafes. The quiet space filled a big gap at College Lane so students could fine a quiet space to work without having to be silent. To help create the quiet space, many of the group facilities that were on the 2nd floor have been relocated to the lower floors and the group study booths and bean bag area have been replaced with individual study booths to help students to study in a quieter, calmer and more study focused atmosphere. Group study booths are available on the ground and first floors and the refurbished café in CL also offers group facilities as well as more relaxed seating including bean bags. These initial changes are just the start. We are continuing to monitor the new spaces to ensure they work as well as possible and we are hoping to make more changes going forward. We are currently working with Interior Architecture and Design students on enhancing the ground floor of the College Lane LRC so it works as effectively as possible as an active learning/group working space for our students. You can find out more about the work we are doing via our Learning Spaces page on StudyNet and we would love to hear from anyone who has views on the changes or would like to get involved.
Suresh Kumar Gudla
8:36pm on 7 Dec 18 Required sleeping zone a week before final exams to relax a few hours wile preparation.
 
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