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Social Learning Space for students to be developed

18 Jul 2019 3:15PM

The University of Suffolk and the Students' Union (SU) has today announced it will spend £400,000 on a new Social Learning Space for students at its Ipswich Campus.

The space will include an 80 seater social learning facility equipped with power units, table tennis and pool tables with a 'Grab and Go' shop run by the SU. Centrally located in the Library and SU Building, the new facility will provide students a space to study, rest and socialise.

The University’s wider plans are to develop a campus to meet the needs of its growing number of students

The development will include a kitchenette, social space for activities and meetings, group working pods and areas to relax. The University’s commuter students will be able to use the area as a base between taught sessions.  

Professor Helen Langton, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Suffolk said, “This is a big step forward for the University’s plans to create impactful social space across the campus which focuses on the needs of our students. We have listened to our students who have been calling for more space like this and with significant input from our Students’ Union we will create an environment for students to work and socialise together in a space that reflects our commitment to continuous improvement of the student experience.”

The space was developed in response to student feedback.

Amy Grant, Vice-President of the SU, took the lead on the plans for the space and said, “This is a fantastic development that students will enjoy for years to come. It was on my election manifesto and the space will be a great addition, especially for those students who travel to Uni and want somewhere to charge their phones, catch up with friends or just to have a quiet space in between lectures.”

The Social Learning Space will also include a grab and go outlet for students to purchase University clothing, drinks and snacks.

Georgia Downs, SU President, welcomed the news and said “This will make a real difference for students and their experience at the University of Suffolk. I am really excited to see this project started and look forward to welcoming students in September in a brand new space.”

The Social Learning space will be ready for September 2019 in time for new and returning students arriving at the University of Suffolk.


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