Published on January 29, 2014 | by Jessica Murray


Students snub rundown campuses

Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

86 per cent of first year students said quality of campus is “very important”. [Arunima Rajkumar]

The quality of a campus is high on a student’s list of university priorities, according to a recent survey.

The survey, conducted by the London School of Economics Estates Division and the Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF), asked 1,000 students from UK universities for their opinions on building infrastructure and how it impacted on their final decision.

In total, 86 per cent of students in their first year said that quality of the infrastructure is “very important” with only eight per cent saying it is “not very’ or “not at all” important.

Olivia Walker from UCL told Arts London News: “When applying to universities, you are choosing an environment which you are preparing to spend at least three years in, so you should feel comfortable, supported and respectful of that space.”

However, the survey shows concerns about the buildings and infrastructure decrease for third year students, who are more concerned about factors such as employability.

Sam Townsend, a third year BA Advertising student at LCC, said: “I don’t care that much about the overall look of the university building but the facilities are important for my course. However, I believe that good lecturers and student motivation is more important than any facility.”

Campus facilities are also ranked fourth in the survey after course, location and reputation.

LCC project

ALN was told by Natalie Brett, the head of college at LCC, that the college’s regeneration project is planned to be designed by Stanton Williams, the architect behind the award-winning Central Saint Martins campus at King’s Cross.

Melissa Man, a FdA Fashion student at CSM, said: “The fountains at the entrance provide a much needed peaceful escape from everything. This, linked with the new building, makes CSM a great place to study.”

According to Brett, the redevelopment of LCC is expected to cost £80-£100 million, and will focus on using abandoned space in the university, as well as connecting the first five floors of the tower block to the rest of the building. 

An official announcement about the LCC regeneration project is expected in March.




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