Posted on behalf of colleagues in Student Life/Students Union?
We have recently sent out a message to all our PGR students at the University to ask views on potential usage of the new International Life Centre (in University House) here at the University. The International Life Centre opens in the autumn and is borne out of our internationalisation strategic goal. The Centre aims to try to foster a greater connectedness amongst our international student and home student communities. So who better to use the Centre than PGRs who are a real mixture of International and home students?
Staff at the University have met with PGR representatives and we think PGRs would be interested in using the Centre. The Centre will be for all students but we would like to see PGRs making use of the new facility. The space includes areas for socialising (with kitchen!), group study & meeting rooms and quiet study areas.
In a very concrete way the Centre could provide an opportunity for PhD students to mix with one another and could help reduce the infamous isolation of the PhD student experience. But do PhD students really need the usage of such a facility or are you quite capable of organising yourselves?
We will aim to use this blog to feedback what the outcomes of the survey are and what actions might result from it. Feel free to add any comments below.
If you are reading this and are from outside Salford, we would be really interested in hearing your views about social spaces for PGRs.