Sheffield University’s £6m makeover is a hit

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Students at Sheffield Hallam University are benefiting from a three-year project which is refurbishing its two main learning centres.

The £6 million three-phase programme has resulted in more computers, new furniture, more group learning and presentation spaces, more energy-efficient lighting, better heating and the creation of about 100 additional learning spaces.

The refurbishment has also introduced new services for students, such as automated book sorting.

Maurice Teasdale, head of advisory and operations, said: “Based on listening to what students want, we’ve created a new, vibrant learning environment, which allows for a wider range of group learning activities.

“The result is a place to study that stimulates and supports learning, and conveys the excitement of discovery, and is easy to navigate and comfortable to spend time studying in.

“We’re providing students with the sort of forward-thinking spaces they need to learn the skills to make them high-performing, employable graduates.”

Isis Mason, who is studying for a degree in languages with international business, said: “It’s a place you really want to study in – as soon as you walk in you’re in the mind-set to work.

“The new changes also mean you can work together in the perfect surroundings no matter what the subject.”