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The e-lounge in 4East in use
The e-lounge in 4East in use
The Vice-Chancellor at today's ceremony
The Vice-Chancellor at today's ceremony
The e-lounge in 4East
The e-lounge in 4East
Art work in the e-lounge in 5West
Art work in the e-lounge in 5West
The e-lounge in 5West
The e-lounge in 5West

Internal News - 06 December 2007

Two e-lounges opened as part of University's strategy on social space

Two University “e-lounges” which offer places for staff and students to use computers, get snacks and chat were officially opened by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell, today.

The e-lounges in 4East and 5West have in total 39 fully networked computer terminals and nine connection ports for laptops, and wifi connectivity. They have combined seating for 113 people.

The e-lounges, which cost £210,000 to install, are part of the University’s plan to increase the amount of space given over to social, catering and IT activities on campus.

The e-lounge in 4East is the subject of a short video, the first of a series of informal clips to illustrate events at the University for staff and students. See Related Links for a link to this.

At a short ceremony at the ‘e-lounge@4East’ Professor Breakwell said: “This is a way of encouraging the community, the work and the social interaction which is typical of this University.

“This seems to me to be the social space of the future. In the few weeks they have been open they have been a great success and we will replicate this approach elsewhere in the University.

“The computers terminals here are more energy efficient than standard terminals as they have the latest technology. It is important that we do as much as we can on energy issues - every little helps."

Both e-lounges were created in areas that had for many years been serveries and needed refurbishment.

The computers in the e-lounges have the first use on campus of 'thin client' technology, in which their processor and storage capacity is based centrally in BUCS’ Machine Room, and the terminals in the e-lounge do not need ordinary disk drives. This saves energy and is more efficient.

Both e-lounges also have artwork organised by the ICIA, including sketches by Bobby Baker, photography by Ingrid Pollard and jet print photography by Jane Calow in e-lounge@4East, and in e-lounge@5West work by Nicholas Lowe and video and film by Leslie Hill and Helen Paris.

Other examples of the University’s strategy on social space were the opening of new library study facilities with learning spaces for students in March, and the refurbished LeVel 1 cafe, which opened last year.

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