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University meets exam time study demands

Thursday, 8 June 2017 2:15pm

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The Link is one of several areas being kept open later during this exam period to meet student demand for study spaces.

The University is making late-night study spaces available for students during the exam period this year after working closely with the Otago University Students’ Association, which believes students want and need them.

Creating the late-night study areas also helps fulfil the vision in the University’s Campus Master Plan, which acknowledges the campus is not just a business-hours environment and wants to help people use the campus more outside those hours, University of Otago Campus and Collegiate Life Services Director James Lindsay says.

The University is making several areas available for study:

St David lecture theatre complex concourse and surrounds, as well as upstairs, 24-7 until Wednesday 21 June, at the end of exam period. Students use their Swipe Cards to access the area, which also houses Campus Watch’s offices.

University Union building and The Link open until 2am until Sunday 18 June. A duty manager is always on duty in that area until the Central Library closes at 11pm each night. From 10pm, the University is employing a security guard to act as the building warden, which includes being the fire warden, monitoring students’ behaviour and welfare, and ensuring everyone has left the building before the doors automatically lock at 2am.

The Marsh Study Centre is opening one hour earlier on weekends, at 9am, during the exam period.

The Otago University Students’ Association is no longer running the 24-hour study space in the Clubs and Societies building, which it started last year as a trial, and approached the University about providing late-night study areas.

After the exam period, use of the late-night study areas will be reviewed by the University in conjunction with the Otago University Students’ Association, Mr Lindsay says.