STUDY SPACES
We’re students, who care about the places we learn and grow at Essex being the best possible. If you’re also passionate about getting the most from study spaces at Essex and having conversations with the wider student community, join the conversation here.

THINGS WE’RE WORKING ON

 

 

We're on a mission to transform single use classroom space to multi-use teaching and student space. We're planning on working with the University and students to transform 5 classrooms into beautiful, multi purpose spaces.

University Head of Human Resources had funding approved for this project.
Achieved on Nov 2018
Space management confirmed this project could go ahead.
Achieved on Dec 2018
Uni and SU formed a group to work on this project.
Achieved on Dec 2018
Uni and SU next meet to agree plan and timescales for the project.
Scheduled for Mid term 2
Project complete: 3 student designed classrooms with one available by Easter, then 2 by summer
Scheduled for June 2019
 

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Departmental common rooms are pretty useful. It's a space away from the larger study areas, where you can get your head down, or just relax between classes. There is an issue with common rooms though: they aren't open late or early and they don't have that much stuff in them to make you feel welcome.

We're working with the uni to try and create 24/7 common rooms and get simple stuff like a kettle and microwave in every single one.

The SU put a paper into Student Experience Committee to make all common rooms 24 hour and have basic provisions in them. This was approved to go to the Education Committee meeting.
Scheduled for Nov 2019
The SU will present the common room paper at Education Committee and are looking for final sign off.
Scheduled for Feb 2019
The SU submitted a paper to the Student Experience Committee to make all common rooms 24 hour and have basic provisions in them. This was approved to go to the Education Committee meeting. Please see your departmental page to see the opening/closing times, and what provisions it offers.
Scheduled for June 2019
 

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We've all spent 3 hours on social media when we should have been studying. It happens to the best of us. It's pretty obvious that if you study in a group, you're less likely to procrastinate and are more likely to be motivated.

We're working with the University to trial a departmental led study group, if it is a success we'd be looking to roll these out to more departments.

VP Education approached economics to trial departmental led study group.
Achieved in Dec 2018
Students are helping design the content of these sessions. There has been a lack of progress with the economics trial due to unconfirmed status of the project with them. Other departments will implement sessions by the end of term two
Scheduled for Jan 2019
 

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It can be tough to find one space to study on campus, never mind for a group. If you are lucky enough to bag a group working space, you might be thrown out after 6pm. Not helpful, right? We're looking to secure more group study spaces, outside of 'normal' hours.

Free laptop loan in the library introduced. Individuals and groups can use any space for study with a roaming laptop. These spaces include corridors 2.4 and 2.3 and are open 8am – 3am.
Achieved in Oct 2018
 

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2am might be your golden study time or your brain might be ready to write that essay from 6am. There is probably one thing that we can all agree on though: being thrown out the library with half finished work is not the one.

We're working with the library to keep it open all the time, so it doesn't matter when you choose to study, it's always there for you.

University Strategic Group agreed on funding for project.
Achieved in late 2017
Consultation with library staff and recruitment of extra library staff.
Achieved in Sep 2017
24/7 library opened
Achieved in Oct 2018
 

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Studying isn't always the most fun. It's made less fun by being too hot or cold in the library. We're working with library to take back control of the temperature in there, disclaimer: it's a huge project.

Library had feasibility study done to assess what work is needed to control the temperature.
Achieved in Oct 2018
University and SU working together to submit this to the University's 'capital expenditure' fund and the library has completed the feasibility study
Scheduled for Term 2 and 3
 

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Laptops are a study essential which means having good access to power is too. Unfortunately the library was built at a time where laptop plugs weren't needed (what?!) so we're working with the library to see if we can get some more power sockets installed.

Plan decided that a way to tackle this could be that the library is refurbished floor by floor, to spread the cost.
Achieved in Nov 2018
Proposed plan went to capital planning group, who decide when and how money is spent.
Achieved in Dec 2018
 

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We want to see an end to the days of sad, broken IT equipment sitting for months on end without being fixed. We're working with the university to make reporting broken IT more efficient and to trial the use of 'tech checkers' who are proactively fixing broken IT equipment.

In trial period to see how long it takes to get broken equipment fixed.
Achieved in Nov-Jan 2018
Launching SU tech checkers during exam periods who will proactively report and fix broken IT equipment.
Scheduled for May 2019
 

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If you haven't saved your work and you're are in a lab at 're-boot time' it's pretty stressful. If you could defer your PC rebooting it might save your hours’ worth of trying to play catch up. We're working with the University to try and resolve PC's rebooting and resulting in lost work.

IT have fed back that this does not affect a large enough quantity of students to allow them to dedicate resources to this project
Scheduled for Term 2
 

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During exams, the library, PC labs, common rooms and every other student space is packed with stressed, caffeine drinking students. We're hoping we can ease some of the pressure from students by creating pop up 'bring your own equipment' labs.

The University IT team have confirmed their support and budget for the project.
Achieved in Oct 2018
We're waiting for rooms to be confirmed by central timetabling.
Scheduled for Jan 2019
Pop up lab rooms confirmed (2.409 and 3.403). Work in the rooms has started, to allow students to come in and plug in their own devices. We’re now looking into how much we can brand these areas to show the SU and Uni collaboration on the project
Scheduled for May 2019
 

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Students can already see the availability of space in labs and they can see where labs are on find my way… we're working with the uni to bring these two things together: availability of space in the nearest lab. AKA: the Essex version of marauders map.

We're trying to identify someone to build the webpages for us.
Scheduled for Jan 2018
Research into the technology for this project is complete. The technology exists, we now need to look at how we bring it together.
Scheduled for End of Term 2
 

FRANCES ONYINAH

Sabb working on this project, Email me