On October 19th and 20th, 2017, the Information Needs Assessment Project Team visited Manchester University and conducted two of the methods (interviews and photo essay) in our toolkit. You can view the report from that visit here:
Study space locations were largely dependent on social groups or majors. Science majors flocked to the Science Center for study, while other majors tended to meet in the Success Center or Funderburg Library.
Students like to study in the library as well as their dorm rooms. The library was mentioned by students 41 times, which is significantly more during this study than at other campuses. However, the library was discussed due to its spaces and not its resources.
Quiet, noise-free spaces are desired for studying by students. Quiet spaces were referenced 20 times, and unwanted noise mentioned 11 times. In this same vein, students stated their preference for secluded study spaces, especially when referring to their dorm rooms.
Groups want white/chalk boards and projectors in the rooms where they study, mentioning this 10 times.
The ambience of the chapel was a attractive space for studying for many, even among self-reported non-religious students.
Students brought up the temperature several times by lamenting cold spaces, especially in the library. Well lighted areas, particularly natural and bright lighting, provided a more positive study atmosphere