Awards Accolade for University Learning Space Team Led By LEI

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Date posted: 6 November 2013

The University was 'Highly Commended' at a prestigious national awards ceremony for the UK audio-visual industry.

Its Learning Space Team was shortlisted in the 'Education Project of the Year' category, along with its audio-visual supplier AVM Ltd, at the 2013 AV Awards, for the University's Learning Pods.

The Pods are seated booths on the Markeaton Street site's upper floors, fitted with the latest audio-visual technologies, to allow students and staff to hook mobile devices into the system and use screen displays to work collectively, or to just relax.

Derby was shortlisted for this award category alongside finalists from the universities of Cambridge and Bradford but was the only one to receive a 'Highly Commended' accolade. The category was won by Osborne Technologies for its SensoryPod project.

Simon Birkett, Technology-Enhanced Learning Manager for the University's Institute for Learning Enhancement and Innovation (LEI), said: "It's of great credit to the team behind the Learning Pods idea - which involved LEI working with the Faculty of Arts, Design and Technology; IT Services and Estates' colleagues - to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award, and then be 'Highly Commended'.

"The Pods have proven very popular with staff and students in the year since they were installed, and have turned what was previously unused space into vibrant, creative areas for learning."

The annual AV Awards recognise the UK's audio-visual leaders; with categories covering business, environmental, technical, educational and other aspects of the industry. The 2013 awards ceremony was held at the London Hilton in October.

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