Currently the dedicated post graduate research room is only available to a select few schools. I feel this is unfair and it should be opened up to all disciplines. The room is currently based in Brook Building room 204 and has a good amount of computers. The room is large enough to add more computers to maximise the space, it also has two good sized meeting rooms and a communal area. There is an old office space which is currently being unused and this could be utilized by a member of staff or even a student who is elected to manage and organise the space.
The lack of space available to PGR students on campus is concerning for such important work being completed, I acknowledge there is a room in the library but this is open to all levels of study and can become quite an unproductive work space. The limitation on booking group study rooms which are set to two hours at a time is also unproductive, especially as you have to book as a group. Sometimes having your own work space and area is what is needed to help with productivity.
As a mature student who works full time, has a full house and a baby on the way, having space away from those environments is vital to progress in my studies. I do have the luxury of using this room due to my school being under the schools accepted but I am dismayed that it is closed off to my fellow PGR’s. The space can be so much more and I am willing to take it forward to push for it to be more inclusive and productive than it currently is. If you back this notion then please give it a like, all PGR students deserve to have equal use of this facility on campus.