A dedicated study hub for postgraduates has launched in the heart of Lancaster.
Lancaster University's Graduate College has partnered with The Storey to offer postgraduate students a convenient place to study in the city centre.
The Storey, which has a prominent place in Lancaster’s history, will provide students with two rooms – a quiet study area and a group work space.
The launch of the Postgraduate Study Hub on 1 December was marked by ‘Stories at The Storey’, an open mic night designed to rekindle the lost art of storytelling.
Appropriately, the theme of the storytelling evening was ‘launch’ and it is the first of a number of similar events funded by the Graduate College.
Yvonne Battle-Felton, a postgraduate who helped to organise the event, said: “I think it’s great that the Storey will offer postgraduates a place to reflect, research and study independently while remaining part of the community.
“The launch also gave us a platform to start our ‘Stories at the Storey’ series, and it was amazing to see people’s stories engage, entertain and enthral a captive audience. On campus or off, I'm proud to be a member of Grad College.”
Professor Amanda Chetwynd, Provost for Student Experience, Colleges and the Library, said: “I was delighted to be at the opening of the new Postgraduate Study Hub. This new study space demonstrates the Graduate College’s commitment to providing this important and culturally diverse group of students with the facilities they need.
“The ‘Stories at the Storey’ initiative is also a great way to link our postgraduates and the Lancaster community – there were some very moving stories told.”
The University continues to attract an increasing number of postgraduates and this new initiative is one of many designed to support the student group.
Having launched the study space, the Principal of the Graduate College is now working with postgraduates to develop and enhance the Study Hub according to their needs.
This new partnership is one of a number the University has established with the city. Earlier this year the University formed a three-year cultural partnership with The Dukes, with the aim to enrich the city’s cultural landscape by providing services, opportunities and education to communities in Lancaster using the arts.