Published: 15 September 2006 at 12:51
Anglia Ruskin University’s new Learning Zone facility is to become the hub of learning and research for businesses, communities and students from the East of England. The latest phase in the £3.2m development provides over 50 additional networked computers, wireless working and purpose designed group learning facilities.
The development centralises the previously dispersed facilities provided on campus to enhance the learning experience of students attending the University. It also addresses the need to extend out the facilities on offer to businesses and members of the local community.
The Learning Zone, located at the University Library at East Road in Cambridge, has benefited from £1.5m funding from the East of England Development Agency (EEDA). It was commended for its ‘potential for enhancing individual professional development and small business growth’ by Sheila Childerhouse, Board Member for EEDA. Her comments were made during a ceremony which saw her unveil a commemorative plaque to signify that the facility was now officially open to all.
Speaking on the day, she said:
Anglia Ruskin University’s Pro Vice Chancellor Peter Creamer for Corporate Development added:
The Learning Zone will provide students and visitors with access to the University’s digital library with its thousands of online journals, databases and other resources. Specialist equipment will also be available to Learning Zone users including interactive white boards and plasma screen audio visual facilities.
Chris Davies, from Anglia Ruskin’s Department of Research and Development Services continued: