Student ambassadors research future
Faculty learning spaces

LeTs focus groupStudent Ambassadors of Learning and Teaching (SALT) have conducted research on Faculty learning and teaching spaces.

The aim of the study was to explore the experience and aspirations for formal and informal learning spaces of students in the Faculty Of Social Sciences.

The project was undertaken by students Lauren White, Jack Deisov, Bent Bunge, Adam Green, Stephanie Kelsall and Laura Turner.

A Google survey and focus group were used to determine the needs of Faculty students.

In the focus groups, Architecture students created live drafted examples of the spaces that were discussed.

The research conducted by the students found that:

  • For some, the comfort of sofas and beanbags was counterintuitive.
  • Some students thought that a window view improved their overall experience and some suggested it was a distraction.
  • Physical resources are important. For many students, books and paper are still a key way of learning.

The students worked on the project with Faculty Estates Development Manager, Laura Carr, Information School Lecturer Peter Stordy and Learning and Teaching Development Manager for the Faculty of Social Sciences, Claire Allam.

Laura Carr said: "The recent research regarding learning spaces undertaken by the SALT group has been extremely timely and relevant.The outcomes of the research present exciting opportunities for the future of learning spaces within the University of Sheffield."

Claire Allam said: “This project fed into a live consultation that the Faculty were undertaking.The students were pro-active and innovative in their data collection. Working with student project teams affords an insight into student views that is hard to achieve any other way.”

The report outlining the findings will be considered in the consultation of future spaces for the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Live drafts of spaces discussed