Works to the Ritterman building commenced in March 2015, following student feedback about the need for more teaching space.
The building opened to all on 26th September 2016. This brand new, cutting edge building provides specialist teaching space for Science & Technology, Art & Design and Media and Performing Arts.
Student feedback in the National Student Survey and Boards of Study has led to a number of specific upgrades to the facilities in the Grove:
Student feedback in the National Student Survey and Boards of Study has led to a number of specific upgrades to the facilities in Hatchcroft:
Following general student feedback, there are now electronic adjustable-height desks that can be used in the Sheppard Library. These will support the learning of wheelchair users and offers flexible sit/stand study space for the wellbeing of all students.
Following feedback from student representatives in Boards of Studies, there are now more learning spaces available in College Building including desktop PC’s outside C117 and C118. There are also now additional macs in the Sheppard Library basement.
There have also been renovations carried out to the Quad to create more seating space for students on all levels of the College Building.
Following feedback on the Students’ Union website, in September, with the inauguration of the new Ritterman Building, Chartwells opened a healthy orientated smoothie bar – Blend and Grind Coffee Bar. It provides a wide range of freshly made smoothies, hot soups, gluten free confectionary and crisps and also a range of hot drinks.
The Sport & Recreation Service undertake an annual survey to gain feedback from current students on the sports and fitness opportunities provided, as well as on the general quality of the service provided. This gathered a lot of feedback from students asking for improvements to the Fitness Pod.
We were also made aware that the changing facilities not particularly attractive and that the lack of suitable locker storage was a “barrier” to some.
The Fitness Pod facility was re-modelled to provide a new functional training space, enhanced free weights and Olympic lifting area, additional stretch areas, and a new range of resistance equipment that was fully accessible for people in wheelchairs (Inclusive Fitness Initiative Accredited).
The works were completed in September 2016, and opened just in time for the start of the new academic year. The feedback from students has been tremendous, and the take-up in membership has increased.
An idea was submitted through the Ideas for Change tool on the MDXSU website, about creating a Middlesex University bike scheme. It received a really positive response, with 80 students voting in favour, resulting in your Students’ Union Officers working with the University to implement the idea.
This led to the launch of the new MDXSU and MDX free bike hire scheme for students and staff in January 2017. The scheme is called ‘Free Wheelers’ and has been devised to provide easier access between main campus, Allianz Park and halls – whilst promoting healthier lifestyles and students’ wellbeing.
We have increased the gluten free option in campus and placed the products in all the coffee shops on campus. More gluten free options have been also added to the campus menu.
Student feedback said that Wings’n’Things was very popular, but not open for long enough. Chartwells have extended the opening hours of this vender, so that it opens each weekday at 11:00am. The breakfast opening hours are also now longer, serving between 08:30am to 11:00am.
The loan laptops have been introduced at Allianz Park, using the same self-service process as elsewhere on campus.
The MDXGoesGreen initiative is improving biodiversity across campus. The campaign has launched mowing in the Paddock, Grove and Church Farmhouse areas, as well as introducing woodpiles in the Grove and Paddock. Hedge planting around the Grove has also taken place, as well as bulb planting on-campus.
Middlesex University have also entered into partnership with London Wildlife Trust, meaning students can take up volunteering opportunities with the charity.
Following its launch in February the new university employability service Unitemps has delivered over 50,000 hours of paid employment to current students. The university is committed to all students being paid properly for their roles and will be delivering at least the London Living Wage.
Based on feedback from current students and alumni, the university created a central source for all on-campus roles open to current students. Based at CG07 in the MDXworks office, it offers easy access to part-time roles while completing your studies. It now means that all students can work to the correct visa and right to work requirements.
Take a look at the Unitemps website here.
Feedback from students indicated that they want to meet a wider range of potential employers, particularly high-profile, top end employers in order to raise their own profile and employability
In response to this feedback, MDXworks has increased the range of part-time roles and placements being offered to Middlesex students. These come from a wide range of companies and industries such as Renault, L’Oréal, and Disney.
MDXworks and the University have also extended the Student Success Festival, with a November event in addition to march. At this event, employers such as O2, M & S, and Kurt Geiger came to meet students. At these sessions, students work on their CVs and develop their interview and pitching skills.
Following requests from students using the employability service, MDXworks will now be offering CV swap parties.
This is so you can see other people’s CVs, get inspiration and discuss them in a collaborative setting.
The CV swap parties are run by Matt Lewis, the service’s resident CV guru and author of the employability blog MDXworks.Wordpress.com.
Come along for an informal session to add some zing to your CV!
Following consultation with students you can now use the University support services anonymously.
The Silvercloud online modules launched in November and contain details about common mental wellbeing and emotional problems. They contain practical information and tips about managing a wide range of problems and how to most effectively manage their symptoms.
Middlesex University is fully committed to its students and their mental health. If you are struggling please do not hesitate to contact the counselling service for 1 to 1 advice sessions, group workshops, consultation and referral services or if you just want to speak to someone. Middlesex counselling can be emailed at email@example.com or contacted through the MDXapp.
As a direct result of feedback from students who use the service, Student Voice Leaders and your elected SU Sabbatical Officers, the counselling service will be now holding a drop-in clinic. The clinic will be held every day Monday through Friday from 2-3pm.
The counselling service is based in Sunny Hill House, across the road from the Model Farmhouse and next to the Greyhound Pub.
These drop in sessions are in addition to the appointments and mini sessions already offered by the counselling service. All of which can be booked through emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Same Day mini appointments can also be booked through the MDXApp and clicking on the support services tile.