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Engaging with students to make successful Hubs
Benjamin Meunieron 26 February 2014
Transcript of Engaging with students to make successful Hubs
What do students ask for?
Quiet study space (with and without computers) is important and more space is needed. Study space should be comfortable and pleasant to be in.
Group space is also important and there should be more collaborative work areas.
Study space should be available 24/7
Natural light and good lighting are essential
There should be some catering provision available at any time there are students on campus. This includes water fountains.
[sources: Library site surveys, Library Services/ISD survey 2013]
What are we doing about this?
A number of new additional study spaces have opened in the past 3 years: Research Grid, Graduate Hub, JBR, JBS Haldane Hub, Royal Free Hub.
There is more on the way: Cruciform Hub, Bartlett Hub in summer 2014.
These incorporate elements of individual workspace and group working areas. Design for all new Hubs also places strong emphasis on environmental conditions.
Library Services are increasing opening hours towards 24-hour year-round for multiple sites.
Water fountains, vending machines or kitchenettes are incorporated
Showcasing student and researcher work at UCL
What are Hubs?
- Learning centres that enable UCL students and staff to interact and to access UCL resources and services
- At the heart of each School or Faculty, they provide support services and facilities to enhance life on campus.
Why does engagement matter?
Successes to date
Feedback on facilities and services via the Library Services social media
Use of Library Service Assistants' email is increasing
Hub: space designed for the learning community at UCL
Students are busy: it can be difficult to reach large numbers for detailed surveys
Time constraints on many building projects mean that there is only limited time for consultation
What might help engage students in the consultation process?
How can we foster a sense of community in each Hub at UCL?
Students are excellent indicators of what they need to be effective learners
Teaching staff and Professional Services colleagues can also contribute innovative ideas based on best practice
Hubs aim to bring together disparate elements of UCL: people (research and students) and collections (Special Collections and research outputs)
How UCL is listening to the student voice(s)
Discussions with Sabbatical Officers
Learning Laboratory (Science Library ground floor)
Feedback in library sites
Library Services have developed a roadmap for managing Hubs with colleagues from Professional Services (Estates, ISD) and the Bartlett
Library Service Assistants provide 24-hour service to support students and pro-actively report maintenance or IT-related issues
Piloting concepts and learning from feedback
Library Open Forum
UCL Central Library:
a UCL Hub on a grand scale
Engaging with students on developing learning spaces takes time and can be challenging.
It is a process which should begin long before a space is built and continues while the Hub is open and in use.
However the rewards are significant:
- More fit-for-purpose facilities
- Enhanced sense of ownership and responsibility
- Continuous improvement as needs evolve
Hubs are designed to be the base for a UCL community.
It is important that each community feels that their Hub meets their needs.