We've got plans to transform boring teaching spaces.
Dreaming of a common rooms that is accessible at all times and has useful stuff in it? We've got you covered.
Procrastination is real and departmental study groups could prevent you sliding into hours of distraction.
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.
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.
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.
Group studying keeps everyone motivated, but it can be hard to find spaces to do it outside of 9am-6pm. We're on a mission to change this.
There's really nothing worse than being thrown out the library with a half finished essay... can we keep the library open, like, all the time?
We spend lots of time in the library. A lot of the time it's quite cold or too hot. Mission #letstakebackcontrolofourbodytemperature ?
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.
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.
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.
We're hoping that more power will mean more productivity in the library.
We're working with the university to make reporting and fixing broken IT on campus easier.
If you've ever pulled an all nighter, you'll know that we mean.
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.
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.
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.
We're hoping to take some exam stress away by creating even more study spaces.
It would be pretty neat to be able to see what the available space situation was in the nearest lab right?
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.
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.