Study Environments

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All feedback is welcomed from internal and external sources. Please email your comments to l.m.wilson@leedsmet.ac.uk.


Faculty or Service Area: Libraries And Learning Innovation Services
Name of policy owner: Helen Loughran
Original policy document: None.
Creation date: 2011/04/18
Purpose of the policy being assessed:
To provide different study environments within The Library

Staff, students, guest users. The general public are able to use The Library during staffed hours but between 21:00 and 08:30 users must have a valid campus card so this restricts access to University staff, students or guest users.

Customer groups affected by the policy: Staff, Students, General public
Relevant protected characteristics affected by the policy: Age, Disability, Gender, Race, Religious belief, Sexual orientation, Socio-economic group (students only), Mode of attendance (part-time or full-time)
Examples of how these protected characteristics are affected by policy with evidence, justification and course of action:
Libraries and Learning Innovation offers a range of different study environments within each Library (social, group and silent plus specialised areas) to cater for the different study needs of students. It also provides a number of areas where flexible furniture is available to enable increased choice and students often move furniture within the group study spaces.

Disabled students may be adversely affected by this policy because the movement of furniture can affect through routes across the study floors and limit the 1.5m turning space needed for wheelchair users. In addition students with a visual impairment would benefit from having the same unobstructed route through The Library. To reduce the impact of this diagrams are made available in the areas with flexible furniture to demonstrate the optimum layout of the room and cleaning staff ensure all other areas are returned to their standard layout on a daily basis.

Trailling wires may cause problems as students plug in their laptops into floor sockets, particularly on the ground floor of Headingley Library. This has been discussed with University Health, Safety & Well-being: Library staff should ensure that wires trailling across the designated through routes should be removed.

Furniture from the Acre Room at Headingley is occasionally moved into The Library to free space for University events which can further reduce movement. However it should be noted that permission to use the Acre Room in such a way is limited wherever possible to less busy times and the Learning Environment Co-ordinator liaises with porters to ensure furniture is placed to ensure minimum impact.

Food and drink is permitted in certain study areas and bottled water is permitted throughout The Library. Posters are displayed throughout the buildings detailing the type of study environments in operation and the rules for consuming food and drink. Information is also given in Floor Plans which are available from each Help and Information Point and online. This policy supports users with special dietary requirements or illnesses to be able to use The Library and staff would deal with cases on an individual basis if necessary.

Both City Campus and Headingley libraries are situated within larger University

Supporting evidence: None.
Feedback from Equality Forums and other interested parties:
Feedback on this impact assessment is still being recieved - please email your thoughts to l.m.wilson@leedsmet.ac.uk.
Recommendations:
Awaiting feedback.
Consultation open: Feedback on this impact assessment is welcome, but it is not officially under consultation at this time.
Review date: A review date will be set after all feedback has been received and recommendations have been made and implemented.
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