As the new academic year starts, the library will slowly fill up as students get back into the routine of study. However, this year you'll hopefully notice that finding a space to study is easier.
Returning students will know that space in the library has been an issue of contention for a while, with deadline season always being a really busy time for finding a space.
We're really pleased that the library team have been fantastic at listening to student's concerns and secured funding from the University to make extra study space a reality. Over the summer UEA have undertaken a refurbishment of the library, focussing on floors 01 and 02.
The Library Space Project has resulted in 180 extra study spaces and is designed to make the space lighter and more welcoming. Nearly £700k has been invested and charging points feature heavily in the new fixtures. The refurbishment also features new bookable study pods on floor 01, with USB charging points, office-style chairs and touch lamps with adjustable brightness.
This is a really welcome improvement that will ease some of the stress on the library services in peak times. It's a great example of the SU and University working in partnership to improve the student experience and we hope that this will continue. UEA has consistently taken on more students since the cap on numbers was lifted in 2015, and top management needs to look at their strategy and put in the infrastructure to deal with the increase. We'd like to see more fantastic projects like the library space initiative to consistently improve things for students; after all we love UEA (it's wonderful), but we want UEA to be better!