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Revitalisation of engineering and IT precinct


16 December 2011

Students studying engineering, IT and project management will benefit from new state-of-the art teaching and learning facilities during 2012.

"Over a three year period, we are spending a significant amount on upgrading and making safe our laboratories, workshops, student areas and library," says Professor Archie Johnston, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

"We are also building a new atmospheric boundary layer wind tunnel in civil engineering that will allow us to deepen our research in the fields of wind load on buildings, building motion, pedestrian wind comfort and urban climate. Engineering students will now have access to 3 wind tunnels across the faculty."

In addition, the Peter Nicol Russell (PNR) Building project will create and renew learning and teaching facilities to provide a hub of services and infrastructure that support the student experience on the Darlington Campus, of the 'extended hours' precinct.

The ground floor development is a student-centric learning space, characterised by technology-enabled small group work pods, and a range of open-plan learning spaces. The development will also include information technologies support and an outdoor cafe, encouraging social interaction.

The first floor development is a revitalisation of formal teaching spaces to create a collaborative teaching space with state of the art IT facilities for students and teachers.

The PNR redevelopment is part of the University's Teaching and Learning Network Project aimed at improving physical and virtual learning and teaching space on the Camperdown and Darlington Campuses.

The precinct revitalisation project supports our ongoing commitment to improving the on campus experience for our students and researchers.