A new £5.7m learning centre extension has been officially opened at Leeds Trinity University.
Students past and present joined staff for the official opening ceremony yesterday at the Andrew Kean Learning Centre. Named after the university’s founding principal, his widow Winifred Humphreys attended the ceremony.
“Andrew Kean was innovative and inspirational,” said Ed Anderson, Pro-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University.
“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 by Baroness Shirley Williams along with Mrs Humphreys.
The new extension includes flexible IT rooms which feature suites of PCs that can be lowered into the desks to create a flat working space, a collaboration room and social study space for students to work in small groups or to deliver presentations.
Mark Joyce, director of information services at Leeds Trinity University, said: “Creating the best student experience is something we are absolutely committed to. 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.”