Queen’s offers some of the best teaching and learning facilities of any university in the UK and “Learning Resources” is the section of the National Student Survey where the University has consistently achieved its highest scores. The new £39m Library which will open in 2009 will enhance these facilities even more. This magnificent new building which is set to become a Belfast landmark will offer 2000 reader places and hold 1.5 million volumes. Dispersed library services will be replaced by a interdisciplinary and integrated approach.
As part of its support for active and interactive learning, the University is seeking to develop flexible teaching spaces which facilitate a range of learner centred activities. It is also extending its wireless networks and offers “express” access to PCs in a number of its buildings. Its student computing centres have been upgraded with new top of the range PCs.
With such a wide range of resources to draw on, the University must ensure that students have the skills to exploit them. Among other things, it has recently reviewed its induction processes so that new students are quickly introduced to teaching and learning facilities and have opportunities to gain confidence using them.