The University of Manchester Library has won the Facilities Project category in the 2014 Guardian University Awards for its innovative, and highly collaborative, project, The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons.
Established in 2013, the Guardian University Awards recognise and reward working projects in universities that demonstrate genuine innovation in the sector, collaborative delivery on the ground, and meaningful impact both inside their institutions and beyond, with the potential to inspire others.
The Facilities Project Award is given to a capital project that has positively enhanced the student and/or staff experience on campus. At an award ceremony in London on Wednesday 26 February, the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons was recognised as the best of a strong set of contenders within this category.
“We are delighted that all the hard work on this important project has been recognised with this award," said Jan Wilkinson, University Librarian. "Student involvement, from start to finish, has produced a building that really meets their needs," she said. "The successful implementation of this remarkable project stands out as an example of what can be achieved through wide-scale partnership between professionals across a large UK university."
Victoria Coren presented the award to Katy Woolfenden, Head of Teaching, Learning & Students; Jan Wilkinson, University Librarian and Rosie Jones, Learning Commons Development Manager.