As the number of students part of #TeamUofG continues to grow year on year, the need for good quality study space on campus has become increasingly apparent. Over the past few months, we have been working with the University Estates Department to discuss how the QMU can help to meet this demand.
It doesn't take an eagle-eye to notice that some parts of our building have seen better days, so when we were approached by University Estates about accommodating a new study space we jumped at the opportunity. Our thinking was that getting a new study space would mean part of the QMU getting a revamp whilst also being able to help alleviate strain on the library: a win-win.
After exploring a few different options it was decided that the Food Factory on our 2nd Floor would make the best area for developing a new study space. We are therefore excited to announce that the seating area from the end of the servery onwards, which for many years has been tired and in need of refurbishment, is to be developed into a state-of-the-art study space.
Above you can see a mock-up of what designers envisage the space may look like. The full plans for the area, which will feature a variety of seating arrangements to allow for solo and group study as well as potential for lectures, are now available online as well as being displayed outside the entrance to the Food Factory.
Karen Lee (Director of Strategy, Performance and Transformation at University Estates and Commercial Services) had this to say on the project:
“We are delighted to be partnering with the QMU to develop this exciting new study space - recognising the importance of and demand for a variety of vibrant, inspiring study spaces for our students. We hope this will complement other study spaces on campus as well as giving a new lease of life to this area of the QMU.”
How will this affect Food Factory service?
For now it won't affect service: we will continue to serve breakfast and lunch from 08:00 to 15:00, Monday to Friday as we have done previously. However, it is very likely that over the Summer months the Food Factory in its current form will be scaled back and our catering focus will shift to our 2nd floor bistro Scran and ground floor Café 22.
We will be able to share more information on our plans for this area, and on all of our plans for the year ahead, when we complete the final phase of our development plan and publish our strategy in the coming weeks.
- Jamie, QMU Comms
- Approved by QMU Management