A state of the art facility focussed on students is everything the revitalised Dubbo campus provides, according to Charles Sturt University (CSU) Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann.
Speaking at the official opening of the refurbished facilities today, Professor Vann said that the facilities and amenities of the University are designed with our students' needs top of mind.
"The refurbishment and upgrades will improve student learning spaces, and ensure there is now 24/7 access for online and on campus students," said Professor Vann.
Professor Vann welcomed the NSW Minister for Education the Hon. Rob Stokes, MP, to the campus to officially open the $2.5 million works. They were also joined by the local Member for Dubbo Mr Troy Grant, MP, and the Head of Campus Ms Cathy Maginnis.
Minister Stokes welcomed the opportunity to visit CSU in Dubbo and tour the student facilities.
"Ensuring students at universities have modern facilities and access to academic and support staff is vital for them to reach their potential," Mr Stokes said.
"I congratulate Charles Sturt University on the wonderful work it has done to deliver these impressive facilities for its students who I am confident will benefit."
Head of Campus Ms Cathy Maginnis said the completed works were part of the second stage of the review to revitalise student spaces at the heart of the campus.
"There is a real sense of community on campus in Dubbo and we aim to ensure that not only the students but also community groups can make use of the university as a venue to meet and work, and train.
"We plan to extend access for our alumni to 24/7 use of spaces such as the gym and meeting rooms," Ms Maginnis said.
The upgrade program of works included:
- Providing 24/7 access to the whole of the Learning Commons area (includes Cardax and CCTV upgrades);
- Improving the Learning Commons to enhance student amenity and provide quiet study spaces; this includes an additional quiet study room, a new parent and multi-faith room, and a staff kitchen, as well as two new flat-floor flexible teaching spaces fronting onto the courtyard;
- Relocating learning spaces away from the entry to the Learning Commons and providing an open plan Student Central and Library Services 'welcome' point at the entrance to the campus;
- Providing a café in the main space adjacent to the Learning Commons, which incorporates a kitchenette for students to use 24/7;
- Relocating the existing computer lab to become a shared space with the Learning Commons (i.e. accessible 24/7); and
- Improving the courtyard for casual seating and learning environments.
Local Member for Dubbo Mr Troy Grant praised the University on its commitment to the Dubbo community and said the upgrades at the University will continue to support the local economy.
One of the refurbished spaces has already hosted its first public art exhibition, by local Aboriginal artist Mr Mal Morris, with a second exhibition, Ice and Fire landscape photography exhibition, scheduled to open Monday 25 September and run until Friday 15 December 2017.