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Fix the Study Space Shortage at Pipitea Campus

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The opening of the $38 million six-story annexe and library in Victoria University's Rutherford House promised to provide "a student experience that is second to none" (Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford, 9 March 2017). More like second to non-existent. 

Walk through Rutherford House on any normal day and you'll find a jungle of students helplessly trying to find a place to study. The library seats less people than a single lecture theatre; the foyer and mezzanine area (now a de facto library for many) has more couches than desks; the number of bookable study rooms remain at 3. All the while, six floors of brand new tutorial rooms sit mainly empty for a large part of the day.

Victoria Business School owes it to its students to provide adequate facilities conducive to effective study. A number of solutions are available, including:

  • Opening up more spaces to work and study (such as empty tutorial rooms)
  • Reallocating the silent 'blue zone' somewhere physically separate from the 'green zone' (the current blue zone being the mezzanine computer space, which has limited study desks and overhangs the green zone blow). 
  • Replacing couches and coffee tables in the mezzanine foyer (which students currently try and work on) with fit-for-purpose tables and chairs.

It's only week three, yet students are already having to make do with sitting on the floor to work in between their classes. What's going to happen when exam time rolls around? It's time to take action to ensure that Victoria Business School students really are getting the second to none experience that they've been promised. 


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