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Learning Spaces: Research and Design in Practice

15 Oct 2024
Design, Construction & Delivery Stage
Design, Construction & Delivery Stage

Social Learn Space Guide
Dr Hiral Patel, Lecture in Architecture, Director of Engagement, Cardiff University, Dr Katherine Quinn, Lecturer, Cardiff University & Fiona Duggan, Founding Director, FiD

What is Social Learning? What is Social Learning Space? What role might such spaces play in creating a better student experience? These are the questions the "Social Learning Guide", a design and management guide for the higher education sector, seeks to answer. The guide addresses social learning space needs for blended learning, academic progression, signature pedagogies and timetable-wraparound experiences. The presentation will contribute practical and tangible insights for those who provide, manage, and use campus space. This year-long research project is funded by the University Design Forum (UDF), the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) and Willmott Dixon.

Manchester Metropolitan University: A library of the future
Rachel Beckett, Manchester Metropolitan University, Katie Tonkinson & Morag Morrison, Hawkins\Brown and Elif Tinaztepe, Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Manchester Metropolitan University imagines a library of the future: where the institution’s unique demographic connects with others and with itself, the true heart of a university education. It’s an ambitious building for an ambitious University, with a firm commitment to elevating the user experience. The transformed library welcomes and celebrates the unique qualities of every member of the University community and its visitors; a home on campus, a vibrant house of learning for a diverse institution, that promotes a robust culture of belonging. A sustainable building of the highest design quality tuned to the needs of the Oxford Road community.

Trevor Wills, Director of Estates & Facilities - University of Plymouth
Katherine Quinn, Lecturer - Cardiff University
Fiona Duggan, Founding Director - FiD
Hiral Patel, Lecturer in Architecture - Cardiff University
Rachel Beckett, Director of Library and Cultural Services - Manchester Metropolitan University
Katie Tonkinson, Partner - Hawkins\Brown
Morag Morrison, Partner - Hawkins\Brown
Elif Tinaztepe, Partner - Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects



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