Maritime and Technology Faculty
We have recently refurbished the Built Environment Studio Centre to provide a better learning environment for the students in terms of space and IT provision.
The new space is:
50% larger than the previous space and the layout is split into two zones: formal Teaching zone, and informal Studio zone, the kind of thing you'd expect to see in the workplace.
With the new facility, problems with access to specialist IT software (e.g. CAD) which has always been issue has now disappeared. The new space is equipped with more and better PCs and plotters. Students can use the room when not in classes which means they no longer have to 'hunt' for a PC which has the specialist software in the central IT centre.
The room has truly become a 'Home' for the Built Environment students.
You said: "The Library isn’t open for long enough, particularly at the weekend"
In response to student requests the library has been kept open on occasions (for example 15th and 22nd July, normal closing would have been 16:30).
You said: "We only have a rough idea of when holidays and resits are"
All schematics are now available on the Student Support Office MyCourse page. Joining Instructions are available on the WMA website.
You said: "myCourse not always accessible at weekend when trying to do work"
This year the Portal has undergone a transformation and has improved functionality and a range of new features to help students find information more easily.
You said: "Notice of changes to timetable not reaching students clearly"
The Faculty Office are now using text messages and digital signage to notify changes to the timetable.
You said: "Accommodation in phase 1 […] could be improved"
The Blyth Accommodation Block was repainted in Summer 2012 and a complete refurbishment of Shackleton was undertaken in Summer 2011, including new carpets, furniture and beds.
You said: "Sodexo’s card system often breaks and students loose out on money"
The card payment system has been reviewed and the balance is rolled over each week.
You said: "More activities on campus / No decent societies or extra curricular activities"
An X Box is available in Snooker Room. The Students’ Union will be providing more transport to allow WMA students to take part in activities at the main campus as well as running quiz nights and karaoke in Mariners Bar.
You said: "Could do more for help applying for loans and grants as it is unclear in applying how to register this type of course"
The Funding Advisor runs regular drop in sessions at WMA.
You said: "Feedback takes too long to get back to me"
We have a policy of getting feedback to you within four weeks of the hand-in date. We encourage all our staff to adhere to this policy.