New facilities have been unveiled at Leeds Trinity University.
Ed Anderson, pro-chancellor at the university and Winifred Humphreys, the widow of Andrew Kean, founding principal of All Saints College which eventually became Leeds Trinity University, have officially opened the £5.7m Andrew Kean Learning Centre extension.
The facilities include: flexible IT rooms featuring suites of PCs that can be lowered into desks to create flat working spaces; a collaboration room with bespoke desks that integrate with other tables; and social study space for students to work in small groups and deliver presentations.
Mr Anderson said: “Andrew Kean was innovative and inspirational. He had a vision of highly educated and professional teachers, aided by teaching assistants and complemented by advancing technology. He embedded technology into the curriculum and embraced the concept of combining academic study with professional practice. Andrew’s legacy lives on; not only in the learning centre, but in the entire ethos of Leeds Trinity University.”
The Andrew Kean Learning Centre was first built in 2002 and opened in May 2003.
Mark Joyce, the university’s director of information services, said: “We want our students to exercise a choice in where, when and how they manage their learning, so we actively encourage student-led enquiry.
“We want our students to work collaboratively and encourage group work.
“And we have a clear vision for the way innovative teaching can be supported by relevant technology and modern, flexible teaching spaces – which is why we’re so proud of the learning and teaching environments offered in the newly extended learning centre.”