Parent / Child Study Space at Kedleston Road
Last academic year, Sarah Jordan, the UDSU Student Parent Officer asked if Learning Enhancement could develop a space within the library at Kedleston Road for students who need to bring their children with them to study. We were therefore delighted to be able to officially open the Parent / Child Study Space – the first of its kind at the University – complete with ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday 28 October.
A server room, ITS were already planning to decommission, was identified which provided the potential for the space and following a successful bid for project money, and many creative ideas later, the space was ready. The Estates team completely transformed the room and library staff enjoyed generating ideas for furniture, toys, books, games, working hard to “dress” the room, making it an attractive space for children as well as a suitable study environment.
Dr Ruth Ayres, Dean of Learning Enhancement and representatives from UDSU were on hand to welcome our first visitors. The children field tested the blackboard wall, bean bags and train set, all to be found in the room. Sarah was delighted with the space, saying it was so much better than she ever imagined. We’re looking forward to welcoming the many students and their children who will appreciate a little dedicated space where they will feel safe.