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New Classrooms – updated programme of works

Posted on: 24 August 2015
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Parkeray the main contractors delivering the New Classrooms changes have released an updated programme of work for each room with projected completion dates as below:

Regent RS2.51     07 September 2015
Regent RS3.54     07 September 2015

Harrow A7.01     10 September 2015
Harrow A7.02     10 September 2015
Harrow A7.03     11 September 2015
Harrow A7.04     11 September 2015

Cavendish C1.110    07 September 2015
Cavendish C2.04     14 September 2015
Cavendish C2.07     11 September 2015
Cavendish C2.11     11 September 2015
Cavendish C3.05     14 September 2015

Marylebone C1.76     15 September 2015
Marylebone C1.78     15 September 2015
Marylebone C1.81     16 September 2015
Marylebone C1.80     16 September 2015
Marylebone LA1.03   17 September 2015
Marylebone C1.79     17 September 2015
Marylebone C2.79     08 September 2015
Marylebone C2.80     08 September 2015
Marylebone C2.81     07 September 2015
Marylebone C2.82     07 September 2015
Marylebone M3.21    18 September 2015

Pre-arrival Blackboard

Posted on: 17 August 2015
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Pre-arrival Blackboard sites have now gone live for each Faculty. These sites contain a range of existing materials designed to help student think about some of the tools and systems they will need to engage with in their first few weeks at Westminster. Most of the information in the sites is in the form of signposting to existing sources. There are some new materials around using facilities at Westminster and there is also a feature called Chapter 2 developed by existing students. The sites include as a minimum the below but some of the faculties also have some Faculty specific information and activities that students can link out to.

Here is the basic site guide:

Site Resource Brief Description
Welcome  Two very short video welcomes. One to the University and the other more specifically about the Faculty you are joinng. 
Enrolment and Orientation A brief description of how enrolment and orientation work at the university
Key Applicant Information Links through  what you need to do to complete enrolment; details of fees and guidance for international students
Chapter 2 An interactive questionnaire, designed by our students, to take you through the basics of your first few weeks at uni
Feedback+ A questionnaire to help you think about some of the skills you will need to develop as an undergraduate student
Great Start Information through to the network of face to face support you will have to welcome when you get to university
Studying at University A range of useful videos and guides to get you started with using the IT you will need to support your studies as well as services and systems like Blackboard, the library, SRSWeb abd your university email. In addition find guidnacehere on study technqiues that will help you to succeed.
Useful links Hyperlinks to useful additional resources for living and studying in London

Engaging with the new classrooms

Posted on: 17 August 2015
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Hopefully the new classrooms will look good and will have nice furniture that will suit people and blinds and lighting that are an improvement over what is commonly encountered in current classrooms.

The new classrooms will also have new AV and IT which includes capabilities like wireless projection from tablet devices to the main screens and options for in class recording and brand new, and hopefully simpler control panels to manage all of the facilities in a room from the lecturer’s console.

The first room to be equipped with the new control panel and the new features detailed above is the Hogg Lecture theatre at Marylebone. We will soon make available some instructional videos showing how these new lecterns and control panels work. In addition external suppliers will be offering familiarisation sessions in mid-September for staff – precise dates still to be arranged.

New lectern in the Hogg Lecture Theatre, Marylebone

New lectern in the Hogg Lecture Theatre, Marylebone

Close up of control panel om lectern in Hogg Lecture Theatre

Close up of control panel om lectern in Hogg Lecture Theatre

 

Classrooms work progress

Posted on: 17 August 2015
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The external contractors report that they are a little behind overall with the programme of works for the rooms across the 4 major buildings. However it is looking likely that 7 classrooms will be handed over complete with new AV by the 31st August and a further 8 rooms by September 7th. The remaining rooms, mostly at Cavendish, are set to complete by the 21st September at the latest.