The AV and IT and some other bits and pieces…

Posted on: 10 June 2016
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All classrooms will have the new standard AV and IT including:

  • Adjustable lectern
  • Touch screen PC
  • Data projector and screen (or screens depending on size of room)
  • Microphone and speakers
  • Visualiser
  • Recording capability (slides plus audio)
  • Connectivity on the lectern (via HDMI and VGA cable) for laptops

In addition all rooms are planned to have Reflector installed in them which allows tutors and students (with the tutors permission) to wirelessly mirror the display from laptops, tablets and mobile phones to the main projection screen(s) in the room.

In addition:

  • Rooms will be fitted with dimmable lighting that people should be able to make work
  • There will be normal clocks (i.e. not digital so with hands) and there will be 2 in each room
  • It will be possible where there are multiple screens in a room to turn off the screens independently of one another
  • It will be possible to raise the projection screen at the front and turn off the data projector display without shutting the whole system down
  • There will be a lecturer’s desk and chair in each classroom (note that the rooms refurbished last year will also be retro equipped with these)
  • Telephones will not be on the lectern but on the wall
  • Power sockets will be around the walls at a ratio of 1 per 2 students. The power sockets will also have USB charging ports
  • We will not have writing walls but there will be as many whiteboards in a room as is feasible
  • In rooms with plectrum tables there will be a whiteboard for each table and tables and whiteboards will be colour coded

Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate the suggestion made by a group of staff at the furniture exhibition that there should be refrigerated drinks cabinets under each lectern. Maybe next year:-)

The Furniture

Posted on: 10 June 2016
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Post the furniture exhibition and collation of the feedback received, and after consultation with designated Faculty representatives, furniture has been ordered for each room. To see details of what furniture options are going in to each room please use the links below.

Cavendish

Harrow

Marylebone

Regent Street and Little Titchfield Street

New Classrooms Programme Schedule for Summer 2016

Posted on: 10 June 2016
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At long last, after the furniture exhibition and quite a lot of other consultation, a programme has been agreed for classrooms to be ‘done’ over the Summer as phase 2 of the 5 year programme to refurbish and modernise all standard classrooms across the estate.

You can use the links below to find out which rooms are being worked on over this Summer as part of this programme and the scheduled date for completion of each room.

Cavendish

Harrow

Marylebone

Regent Street and Little Titchfield Street

Feedback from the furniture exhibition

Posted on: 28 March 2016
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During February and early March we collected feedback from student and staff visitors to the furniture exhibition held in the old bookshop at New Cavendish Street. Thank you to all who came and passed on their views. It has taken a while to collate and try to make some collective sense of the feedback but we have now done this and you can access the current version of the collated view via this link.

In short, finding something that everyone agrees was wonderful (especially chairs!) was perhaps unsurprisingly not possible. However, though the report goes in to much more detail for each item in the exhibition, after counting votes the top 6 of the ‘hit parade’ were (from left to right below) a folding table, a tablet chair on wheels, a 4 sided table (so called tessellating table), a 3 sided table (so called plectrum table), an upholstered basic chair, and (not too clear in the picture below) a table that can seat 6-8 but that has small whiteboards hanging from the sides that can be used to partition the table but also to facilitate group work feedback.

folding table tablet chair tesselating plectrum steelcase chair steelcase tables

Please note that this doe snot necessarily mean that the furniture above will be what winds up in all classrooms being refurbished over the summer. The final choice of furniture is still to be discussed with Faculty representatives.

Furniture Exhibition

Posted on: 2 February 2016
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Collection of feedback on the classrooms refurbished last academic year has indicated how important the choice of furniture is to both staff and students. Accordingly we are organising an exhibition of possible furniture options for staff and students to visit. Visitors can try the furniture in the exhibition and provide feedback which can then be used to inform the summer 2016 works.

The exhibition will open on the 8th February at 115 New Cavendish Street on the ground floor. Bear left as you come through the barriers and it is right in front of you.

Do please try to come along and give your views.

The exhibition will stay open until Friday 11th March.

Classrooms to be refurbished summer 2016

Posted on: 2 February 2016
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Building on work carried out in the previous 2 years, which has seen 28 classrooms across the estate refurbished to date, there are plans being developed to work on a further 42 rooms this summer. To see which rooms have been identified for enhancement click on the links below.

Cavendish
Harrow
Marylebone
Regent

Welcome to the classrooms blog

Posted on: 30 January 2016
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This is the place to find news about the New Classrooms Programme at Westminster and to comment on and ask questions about what you read.

The New Classrooms Programme is aiming to refurbish all standard classrooms across the estate over the next 5 years.