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Working to improve study space availability

Posted on 17 December 2019

The University is running a pilot study to monitor the use of study space, starting in January 2020.

We’re looking at ways to improve the utilisation of space across campus to improve efficiency and become more sustainable. We’ve engaged an external team to carry out a pilot occupancy study, which will begin in January 2020. 

What will happen?

Small sensors will be attached to the underside of tables, desks and workstations in the Hull York Medical School building on Campus West to measure the occupancy of the space. The study won’t directly affect anyone using the space. 

The redevelopment of the Hull York Medical School building gives us an ideal opportunity to try this out in a newly designed, high spec work and student space.

What will change?

In the short term, we’ll use the data to identify any trends in the use of the space, enabling us to make better informed occupancy and space decisions.

In the future, we hope to be able to use the data to enhance current methods of space monitoring, and supply staff and students with real time data on the availability of study/work spaces.

This initiative is part of the University’s overall digital strategy. As we progress, we will launch similar activities across other areas of campus.