Some time ago I wrote about the Learning Hub - a project to convert the Edwardian Block of the Jessop Hospital into teaching and student support space. The project was mothballed for a few months whilst the University considered its capital programme, but was recently was given the go-ahead to continue.
Today I went to the first meeting of the Project Executive Group, and it was just like old times, in the design phase of the Information Commons. The architects are the same (RMJM), which is great as they did such a good job on the IC, and understand how the University works and what we need. The building will bring together academic student support including the Modern Languages teaching labs, English Language labs, and will provide much needed teaching space, especially seminar rooms and flexible classrooms. Being just across the road from the IC we need to make sure the buildings operate in a complimentary way, and we will be looking at how we can manage them to give the best possible student experience. CiCS is becoming more involved with managing teaching space - we already look after timetabling, the booking of rooms and the IT and AV infrastructure , and we will be heavily involved in the design of this new space - it will be an exciting addition to our facilities.