UCL Urban Laboratory


Urban Laboratory launches UCL SITE: Students in the east research project

8 February 2017

SITE meeting two

In collaboration with The Bartlett, UCL Urban Laboratory has launched a staff-student collaborative research project that will produce student-led recommendations for UCL developments in east London - UCL East and Here East.

Thirteen students from a diversity of courses across the university and at different levels of study are participating. The project is operating as a comparative study, as students investigate the strengths and weaknesses of UCL's current Bloomsbury campus and existing non-campus sites to inform the new developments. Although aspects of both east London developments are finalised, there is still scope for students and staff to influence many decisions.

A number of key themes have emerged from our discussions so far, including building a sense of identity and coherence between UCL's Bloomsbury and Stratford sites; community engagement in and around the Olympic Park; and student study experience, in particular facilities for quiet and group work.

Over the next three months we'll be conducting further site visits and research activities to investigate topics in relation to these themes. An event for all UCL students to contribute to the project will be organised for late March.

Ultimately, we will apply what we learn about the Bloomsbury campus and initial plans for UCL/Here East, and produce a series of recommendations for those leading the developments. SITE aims to be the beginning of stronger staff-student collaborative research into issues affecting everyone at UCL, as well as our neighbours in surrounding communities.

A blog has been launched that will chart our progress and keep you informed on the project (blogs.ucl.ac.uk/site). An archive is also being kept on Storify.

Funding for the project comes from UCL ChangeMakers and The Bartlett, Faculty of the Built Environment. The project is led by Rebecca Payne (Student Experience Officer, The Bartlett) and Jordan Rowe (Centre Manager, UCL Urban Laboratory).

List of participants:

Theodore Harrison (lead student)MSc Urban Economic Development
Esme Stallard (lead student)MSc Environment and Sustainable Development
Azra GordyBASc Arts and Sciences
Keelan Fadden-HopperBASc Arts and Sciences
Boris LemeshevMA Music Education
Anne PoolBA Geography
Rachel TylerMA Architectural History
Oscar WongMSc Mega Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery
Naomi SeowMSc Urban Studies
Amy CurtisMSc Urban Studies
Simone Van der SchotBSc Molecular Biology
Chris AdanMSc Urban Studies
Julian GanzMRes Spatial Data Science & Visualisation

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