One Campus, One Community
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The One Campus, One Community project represents a time of exciting change for London Met. We understand that times of change can cause uncertainty, so we’ve identified a number of common questions about the project that students, staff and members of the public would like answering.
What motivated the decision and were students consulted before?
London Met currently has 40,000 square metres of excess space at the University, which students' fees are paying for. Moving all our schools to Islington will create a much more efficient campus and enable us to invest £125 million in new facilities, including bespoke workshops and studio spaces for The Cass and a new Bloomberg suite for Guildhall School of Business and Law. The facilities for students already based at Islington will also be improved.
As part of the University’s Strategic Plan research in 2015, over 400 students were surveyed by the Students' Union about their experience at London Met and how it can improve in future. This included a question on whether students would prefer to study on a modern, single campus, and the majority of students surveyed supported this idea. This included students from all six schools and the results were weighted to reflect the number of London Met students in each school.
What alternatives were considered?
The University looked at a wide range of options to try and identify the one that would best address our smaller size, excess space and the need to improve facilities for students. This included looking at moving all schools to Aldgate campus, but this was not a viable option. Only the Islington campus has the space and flexibility to bring all of our students, schools and staff together.
Where is the £125 million coming from?
The One Campus, One Community project is mainly financed by the sale of buildings that we will no longer require at Aldgate. Commercial Road, which houses part of The Cass, was sold in 2015 to the Department for Education. Central House, which houses the other part of The Cass, was sold in early 2016.
The sales of these buildings frees up the money required to invest in new facilities in Islington, including new bespoke studio spaces and workshops for Cass students.
Are you selling Central House to pay off debt?
No. The money raised from the sale of Central House will be directly invested into the One Campus, One Community project.
Are you closing the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design?
No. We are creating a new home for The Cass in Islington. Brand new workshops and studio spaces will be created to ensure The Cass's ethos of making continues. The move will also bring The Cass together in one location as opposed to its current split between Central House and Commercial Road. Our highly successful architecture department was based in Islington from 1897 before merging with our art and design department in Aldgate to create The Cass three years ago. We feel another move, with even more investment, can only be positive. This project represents a multi-million pound investment in arts education.
What involvement will staff and students have in the development and planning process?
We notified staff and students about the decision the morning after it had been made by the University’s Board of Governors. We did this because we wanted to invite them to work with us on developing the plans. This is the reason we've been unable to share concrete plans yet; they aren’t in place yet because we want staff and students to make them with us.
We want their ideas and views on what they want to see at our single campus and consequently launched a staff and student consultation process in January 2016.
We have also appointed a Masterplanner who will work closely with students and staff to develop plans for the different and improved facilities we need and where they should be on the campus. As part of the process for selecting the Masterplanner, we made it clear that they will have to work closely with students to make sure they get the facilities they require. Read about the Masterplanner selection.
Students’ Union representatives also meet regularly with the Vice Chancellor and members of the senior leadership team to ensure students’ voices are being heard.
How will the University develop and manage the space at Islington to avoid overcrowding?
London Met currently has 40,000 square metres of excess space and a smaller student body. In the past, Islington campus was home to many more students than we have today. A large amount of space in Islington isn’t used to its potential and there are large amounts of the day where space goes unused. Some of the £125 million investment will be spent reconfiguring the campus to ensure there is improved teaching space, social space and facilities in Islington to accommodate everyone.
There is no danger at all of the Islington campus not comfortably housing a student body of 10,000 students, as this is in line, space-wise, with other universities.
What facilities will be available and how is the University going to address access to facilities especially the library and IT suites?
All students will have access to the facilities and services they need at the Islington-based campus. Furthermore, we are guaranteeing that facilities will be better than those currently enjoyed.
This includes bespoke studios and workshops for Cass students, ensuring the School’s important making ethos and studio model of teaching continues. It includes a new Bloomberg suite for Guildhall students and new and improved social spaces for all. The University is also committed to significantly upgrading IT facilities for students.
Also, for the first time, students will have equal access to the same facilities. As less money will be spent maintaining space the University no longer needs, it will have more money to spend on the things students want.
Because the University will no longer be duplicating services, it can also consider extending library opening hours, developing new ways to deliver teaching and consider brand new services for students.
Will courses close and will I be able to finish my degree?
Every year London Met, like other universities, conducts a review of the courses it offers, closing some and launching others. Course closures do not mean the cessation of teaching. Instead, it means the University stops recruiting new students to the course. They are rare and only occur if application numbers are low or quality indicator scores, such as the National Student Survey results, are not at the standard we would expect.
If a course is closed, the University is 100% committed to continuing teaching for every student enrolled on that course. Everyone will be able to finish their degree at London Met.
I’ve been told the University is "cutting 2,000 student places to go from 12,000 to 10,000 students." Is this true?
This is totally untrue. Modelling shows, based on the students who enrolled this year, that London Met will be a University of 10,000 students when we consolidate at Islington. We’re not "cutting" from 12,000 to 10,000 – London Met is that size already.
We would like to grow student places and part of the One Campus, One Community project includes looking at new ways to deliver courses to increase student places.
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