Thanks again to everyone who took part in the site interviews with Scott and Sara the other week. We were delighted with the response. Since then we have been processing the information we gathered from you and we would love to know some more details. The poll questions below have been designed in direct response to your answers and ideas. We would love it if you could take five minutes to give us a little bit more.   If you can’t spare the time right now please do come back – hurry though – the polls will close on 23rd November.




Finally we want to hear what you have to say. Using the comment box below please sum up your vision, hopes and desires for a new humanities building in one sentence. Alternatively tweet your answer to this question to @ifhumsbuilding

21 thoughts on “Polls

  1. A well designed place for different forms of interdisciplinary learning and study, which comprises traditional spaces (offices, seminar rooms and lecture halls) set alongside performance, exhibition and social spaces.

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  2. Not open plan – especially for Administrative staff. Each department having their own identity but also moving forward together as a faculty. Spaces for events and socials. A variety of lecture & seminar spaces – sizes & flexibility.

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  3. The only thing I can really think of to say is that the best thing about the current Humanities building is the zen (?) garden / courtyard – although this doesn’t seem to be used by most of the students… which is perhaps its main appeal. Would be nice to have something similarly quiet and relaxed in a future building.

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  4. An approach to the building that lifts the spirits; plenty of quiet individual study space as well as common spaces / café; spaces where students can feel part of a departmental community (just as important as a Faculty spirit – cf NSS/PGTES) – ie departmental common rooms; small and medium rooms that staff and students can book; nicely designed interior decoration that fits the purpose: lots of display boards (not circular); pg study rooms for both PGR and PGT, with lockers to keep belongings, perhaps that are accessible via card-swipe; offices that are large enough to allow staff to have space for their filing cabinets/ books/ desks + enough space for meeting a handful of students + colleagues; a cleaning programme that includes emptying bins + keeping the place neat + good washrooms; drinking water stations.

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  5. The building should be based around the idea of spheres or bubbles. This creates connection, intimacy and group work but self identity, see Sloterdijk’s philosophy of Bubbles Volume 1 (2011).


  6. It should reflect the sorts of organisations we study and aspire to work in/with… and the people in the department. I think it should reflect – and encourage- creativity and new, innovative ways of thinking and working.

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    • This is not always true. I am in my office for most of the day, five days a week. I am dependent on my campus office for a place where I can prepare my teaching and undertake research and writing.


  7. The best study space on campus for post grads is Wolfson. Coded lockers, plenty of PC’s, sink and boiler, noisy space and quiet spaces. Plugs for laptops. Try and re-create this in humanities, maybe with a microwave in the kitchen area.

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  8. If the new Humanities Building is to work as a place of research, one essential is decent-sized individual offices for academic staff — not open plan. We need a place to work, as a study at home is not always possible — I depend on my campus office as a place for research and writing. While an office needs technology (PC, internet connection, printer — and we need individual printers, not centralised printers which waste time by making us walk up and down corridors all the time) it also need to be a space where peace and quiet is possible, and where there is adequate shelf-space for books. Yes, some academics still use books — not everything is available in digital formats, and with many types of research (especially in the Humanities) it is often the case that actual books are a lot easier and more efficient to work with.


  9. Particularly in Humanity subjects you carry loads of books and scripts. Add to that a sports and music society and you will realize that including sport clothes and sheet music or even an instrument, you quickly end up carrying nearly an entire household around campus. You are likely to do that all day if you live off-campus.
    Credo: Rentable Lockers would be a blessing!


  10. Mixture of kinds of space is important but academic and teaching staff need private office space for research and teaching preparation; and private space is crucial for small-group teaching and for tutorial/pastoral support of students.


  11. Lots of this sounds very buzzy, but most work in humanities is reading, thinking and writing, and discussing this with others in small groups, so staff spaces need to be comfortable, private, and roomy enough for books and tutorials.

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