Emerging Technology Centre – Plans Announced

We are pleased to reveal the College’s plans to create an Emerging Technology Centre at the centre of the campus.

The facility, developed with support and funding from the EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), will feature modern teaching spaces, virtual reality testing areas, IT suites and more.

As a dedicated multidisciplinary area, the new facility will give students from all areas of the College access to the latest technology required by the sector and type of employer they are training towards. For example, drone technology will give media students the chance to use the latest airborne technology alongside traditional cameras, while construction students could be using the same technology for surveying.

The Emerging Technology Centre will be built in the space opposite our Cedar Courtyard, where our Learner Services Hub was previously based:

Flexible teaching spaces will include modern furniture and facilities to encourage students to work in small groups:

The mezzanine will host a bright, open area for business-oriented work to happen.

Making furniture compatible with technology means students can charge devices around the building and continue working away from desks:

The main area can be used either as a teaching space, or changed to a conference arrangement for big events such as graduation ceremonies. All furniture will be designed so that it can be moved to suit different needs and styles of learning:

The area currently used by the College’s IT department will be modernised with classrooms fitted with desks that flip over, to allow the use of either desktop PCs, laptops, or simply pen and paper.

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