Link Floor 3 – New Psychology Academic Lab Facility
EL Lab is a flexible teaching laboratory for the School of Psychology to support a redesigned undergraduate programme for 900 students, as well as 40 students in postgraduate teaching programmes. Experiential learning has been embedded as the core of the newly approved undergraduate programme in psychology, with practical activities, experiments and group experience built into every module. This teaching laboratory provides the flexible and easily configurable facility required to support this wide range of new learning activity.
Eight collaborative media tables enable group work around a shared screen, providing collective access to online learning resources and guidance specific to the selected activity as well as a record of student's actions and findings. These will be used in concert with a wide range of laboratory equipment, held in lockers, that can be retrieved and used as guided by specific activities. Contextual support for therapy or social experiments is also provided by a soft seating area which, augmented by large screen AV equipment, will also be used by students to practice presentations or host seminars. IT provision allows students to bring their own devices or to book out one of a fleet of laptops available to the laboratory.
This laboratory is open access, allowing up to 86 students to drop-in and use the facilities at a time of their own choosing. Support and guidance in the laboratory, equipment, and activities would be provided by a rota of Teaching and Research Assistants (TARAs) from the School of Psychology. The key objective of this facility is to provide support for the experiential learning designed to enrich the student experience. This also enables deeper and more enjoyable learning with a greater emphasis on skills and practical experience. Importantly, it will also provide a social hub and greater sense of community for psychology students, giving them a home within the campus where they can meet their friends and coursemates at any time of the day.