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Extended opening hours another reason for students to #loveDMU

Students returning to DMU this term are to benefit from extended opening hours at key buildings on campus and additional computer equipment in the library.

These additional facilities are yet another reason to #loveDMU.

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Our #loveDMU campaign started last year as a way of celebrating changes and improvements made in response to student feedback and requests. Many of this year’s new offers have been created in response to feedback from students, addressing concerns and queries and making sure all have the same opportunity to succeed.

Every weekday from 9-20 January, we will be letting you know about some of the positive changes we have made in response to your requests

The university’s Information Technology and Media Services (ITMS) team in conjunction with the Faculties and Estates Services departments have arranged for some buildings to be opened for students for a trial period outside of current teaching hours beginning on Monday 9 January.

Gateway House, which serves students studying in the Faculties of Technology and Art, Design and Humanities, and the Vijay Patel Building, home to art and design courses, will both now have extended opening hours.

The labs on the fourth, fifth and sixth floors at Gateway House will be open for a further two-and-a-half hours until midnight during the week and will be open from 9am to 5pm on weekends.

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The Vijay Patel Building will be open for an extra three hours each weekday, until midnight, and will now be opening its doors on weekends from 9am until 6pm.

Kim Mi Hyun, a third year Product and Furniture Design student said: “I will definitely come to the Vijay Patel Building to do my coursework on the weekends, even though I tend to usually work at home.”

Matt Miller, a second year Architecture student said: “This is a positive as it gives us more time to work and it will be much easier to meet deadlines. This will really help with my studying.”

ITMS has also recruited more Lab Monitors who will be responsible for supervising the Labs in the evenings and new computer equipment has also been added to the Kimberlin Library.

These measures aim to meet demand from students for wider access to lab-based software.

DMU has also increased the number of Linux Dual Boot computers to 26 - a total of 12 on the second floor and 14 on the first floor of the Kimberlin Library - which were installed over Christmas.

New interactive-pen display screens will also be installed with the existing Computer-Aided Design (CAD) facilities in the library, which will be in place by the end of this month.

To help students identify the software available, DMU has now published software lists for each faculty which can be found by clicking on the ‘computer lab software lists’ link on the myDMU student portal web page.

Lab Monitors will be there to supervise the labs with all IT enquires sill needing to be referred through the out-of-hours service desk by calling extension 6050. 

Posted on Wednesday 11th January 2017

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