Published Wednesday, 2nd April 2014 in Study at SRUC news
Staff from SRUC Ayr Riverside campus joined colleagues from University of the West of Scotland (UWS) at the unveiling of the prestigious SCONUL Design Award, won for their Campus Library.
The SCONUL (The Society of College, National and University Libraries) Design Awards recognise newly-designed spaces which function effectively in meeting the needs of users and library staff, and which also meet the demanding requirements of a modern learning and research environment.
The Library is a shared resource between UWS and SRUC, clinched the SCONUL award in the best library under 2000sqm category. It secured the win because of what was described as the flexible use of space that provides individual study, group study, presentation and seminar areas. There is a strong sense that the library is both vital and integral to the learning experience.
Janet Swadling, Acting Chief Executive of SRUC said:
“We’re very pleased to have won this award for a library which demonstrates the benefits of working together. The staff of SRUC and UWS spent a lot of time and energy planning a flexible and pleasant environment – the best reward is, of course, seeing it so well used, but it’s also wonderful to be given such warm recognition from SCONUL.”
Professor Craig Mahoney, University of the West of Scotland’s Principal & Vice-Chancellor, remarked:
“It is hugely satisfying to have our Ayr Campus library, which is an important resource for our students and staff, recognised in this way. This award is testament to our commitment to providing the best possible facilities for our students, to aid their learning and teaching.”
Photo caption (L-R): Neal Buchanan, UWS Ayr Campus Librarian; and Elaine Muir, SRUC Head of Library Services.
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