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    Student Central survey results

    posted: 3rd April 2018, 9:23am
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    Between December ’17 and January ’18 we ran workshops with current and future students to understand what they needed from the planned redevelopment of student central. You can read more about the results of this here.

     

    From these conversations, a number of common themes were identified that we wanted to explore in more detail with as many students as possible. To do this we launched a survey on Valentine’s day which asked you to share your opinions on some hot topics.

     

    491 students completed the questionnaire. You can view the full results below.

     

    What happens next with this information?

     

    This data has been shared with the project team which includes representatives from Hull University Union, the University of Hull, Spaces Architects and external project managers. It has been used throughout the planning process to develop plans for the redevelopment of a number of spaces. Find out what they are here

     

    We are also running further consultation with several groups that we want to talk to in more detail. If you are interested in attending a workshop and you are either a Postgraduate or International student or you are studying but living at home, you can register to take part in a focus group here. You will receive £20 of Amazon vouchers as a thank you for your time. 

     

    What stage is the project at?

     

    We are currently preparing plans and costings to be taken to the project ‘Steering Group’. This group includes Osaro, your President, our Chief Executive and University staff who make decisions on how budgets are allocated to projects. The proposal will be looked at along with the original brief and a decision will be made on how to proceed to the next stage.

     

    The next stage of the design process is to look at the individual areas on the plans, for example the current Asylum space, and explore the design in more detail.

     

    Between December ’17 and January ’18 we ran workshops with current and future students to understand what they needed from the planned redevelopment of student central. You can read more about the results of this here.

     

    From these conversations, a number of common themes were identified that we wanted to explore in more detail with as many students as possible. To do this we launched a survey on valentine’s day which asked you to share your opinions on some hot topics.

     

    491 students completed the questionnaire. You can view the full results below.

     

    What happens next with this information?

     

    This data has been shared with the project team which includes representatives from Hull University Union, the University of Hull, Spaces Architects and external project managers. It has been used throughout the planning process to develop plans for the redevelopment of a number of spaces. Find out what they are here.

     

    What stage is the project at?

     

    We are currently preparing plans and costings to be taken to the project ‘Steering Group’. This group includes Osaro, your President, our Chief Executive and University staff who make decisions on how budgets are allocated to projects. The proposal will be looked at along with the original brief and a decision will be made on how to proceed to the next stage.

     

    The next stage of the design process is to look at the individual areas on the plans, for example the current Asylum space, and explore the design in more detail.

     

    Student Central Survey Results 

     

    What one thing would you change about our building? (open question)

     

    Comments were analysed and the most common themes were: 

    • Décor - more modern, colourful design to make it feel more welcoming.
    • Food    - Add additional food outlets (name brands)
    • Shop    - More shops (different kinds, brands)
    • Entrance/access – improve access, new front door
    • Things to do – TV/game room
    • Opening Hours – longer, extended weekend opening          
    • Lighting/Layout – brighter and more open spaces
    • Sign posting – easier to find your way around (signage/maps)
    • Seating/Spaces – more seating for different size groups (from individual to larger)
    • Relaxation spaces – more of
    • Toilets -  Single sex/more of 

     

    Is campus missing a space/service that you think should be incorporated into the redevelopment of the ground and first floor? 

     

    Comments were analysed and the most common themes were: 

    • A recognised food chain
    • A healthy take away bar Smoothie bar
    • Kitchen facilities with a microwave, kettle, toaster, water coolers
    • More space for posters/flyers to advertise student things
    • Other - room booking timetables, access and a prayer room.
    • Things to do, Games
    • Spaces and Seating
    • Shops – additional to Spa      
    • Sign posting

     

    Which of the following do you feel are the biggest issues with the Students’ Union areas of Student Central (ground and first floor)

     

    RANK  

    1 (most important)    

    Not enough social space

    2          Flexibility of spaces

    3          Directional Signage

    4          Not clear what spaces are for

    5          Flow of the building

    6          Not enough commercial outlets

    7          Publicity Spaces

    8          Outdated design

    9          Reception too big

    10        Too many commercial outlets

    11(least important)   

    Too many social spaces

     

    We have an Advice Centre on our first floor that offers free, confidential advice on student issues. Which of the following do you think should be the most important considerations when designing a space like this for students?

     

    RANK  

    1 (most important)    

    Looks friendly/open Promotion

    2          Accessibility

    3          Access away from busy areas

    4          Dedicated entrance (for confidentiality reasons)

    5          Promotion

    6 (least important)    

    Location

     

    We want to create more social learning spaces where you can study alone or in groups.  Which areas/ideas do you feel are most needed to compliment the current offer on campus?

     

    RANK  

    1 (most important)    

    Ability to drink/eat when I study

    2          Quiet Space

    3          Pods for group study

    4          Computers

    5 (least important)    

    Power points for study with own laptops etc

     

    If you were creating the perfect social area on campus which of the following would you prefer?

     

    RANK  

    1          Cosy chill out space

    2          Seating for groups

    3          Kitchen

    4          Seating for individuals

    5          Game tables

    6          TV/film area

    7          Gaming area

     

    Of our membership services which of the following do you feel we need to improve visibility and understanding of?

     

    RANK  

    6 – least visible          

    Student Media

    5          Housing Services – HullSTARS /HUU Homes Lettings Agency

    4          RAG

    3          Volunteering

    2          Sports

    1 – most visible         

    Societies

     

    Thousands of students are involved in activities, like sports and societies. If you are involved in an activity, what do you think are the biggest issues that our current building design poses for these groups?

     

    RANK  

    1          Number of meeting rooms

    2          Booking process

    3          Areas for you to raise money/promote yourselves

    4          Flexibility of spaces

    5          Meeting Room design

     

    The Students’ Union is run by 4 full-time elected students who represent you. How would you prefer to contact them with issues or questions? 

     

    RANK  

    1          Email

    2          Drop into an office

    3          Social Media

    4          Face to Face (prearranged)

    5          Face to Face (Clinic)

     

    Why do you choose to eat in our building?

     

    RANK  

    1          We can eat together – some people have packed lunch others buy food. 

    2          I can get something quickly

    3          I can eat/drink and study 

    4          A space to eat my packed lunch

    5          The variety of food available

    6          The Price

     

    What places have you visited that use their physical spaces well to promote their product, services or events? Open question

     

    Comments were analysed and the most common themes were (in order of popularity): 

     

    • Eats/Sanc
    • University spaces (BMJ Library, Larkin and Canham Turner)
    • Student Central other (Ask HU /Advice Centre)        
    • Apple store/high street shops/other            
    • Places within Hull city centre
    • Other Universities

    Specific examples under each of the above theme were included in the report. 

     

    Thinking of the physical space, which clubs/venues (other than Asylum) do you visit that are well designed and why? Open Question 

     

    Comments were analysed and the most common themes were (in order of popularity): 

    • Sanc/J Mac  
    • Welly
    • Piper
    • Atik
    • Spiders
    • Newland Avenue venues
    • Chain restaurants      
    • Other e.g library

     

    Specific examples and reasons why under each of the above theme were included in the report. 

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