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Kimmeridge House

The £3.8 million pound investment of Kimmeridge House seems to be paying off as students revel in the advanced projection and sound system which feature in the newest and largest lecture theatre on campus.

 Students have commented on how the spacious layout of the largest room, consisting of 308 seats, has helped them to concentrate in lectures. In a survey, the majority of Bournemouth University students used the words “comfortable” and “spacious” to describe their experience. Kimmeridge House, which opened for lectures in January, has provided the students with three more lecture theatres and flexible sized seminar rooms. Head of Student Services, Mandi Barron says the building has significantly increased capacity which was “much needed”.

The students are also benefiting from the excellent surround sound system and high specification digital projection. Head of Estate Management, Keith Bowes says the aim of the development “was to give better facilities to our students”. This has been achieved as students admit the 70 speakers and 15-foot wide high definition screen has made their lectures a more exciting and enjoyable experience.

Last year, disgruntled students voiced their displeasure regarding the 12 month construction that disrupted their lectures to the Student Union. However, now there seems to be a change of heart as the majority of students have said the development was worth both the time and money. Media student Nicola Barnes says: “every building should look this stylish to modernise the university!”

It is not just students that are benefiting, but the modernity is also enhancing the appeal of Bournemouth University. The demand of such technology will inevitably open up opportunities of hosting non-academic activities in Kimmeridge House. Mandi adds: “the sound system is state of the art” and is “suitable for concerts and other events where excellent sound quality is essential.”

With the exception of minor complaints from the students about the building being cold and some dislike for the tables, Kimmeridge House is given the thumbs up. The “state of the art” facilities are set to attract some enthusiasm from future students.

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I am an education reporter, reporting for the local daily. My objective is to find a story on Bournemouth university semesterisation.

Here I write about the experience and the process I went through in talking to relevant sources and the questions I asked.

My process commenced when I went to the Student Union (SU) office and talked to the SU President, Toby Horner. I asked him first of all what semesterisation was in order to give me a clear definition. We then discussed which courses are affected by this and who will be in the future. Toby being a fellow BACOMM student (BA Communication and Media), informed us that the university is going through changes. Several courses are making alterations to their units due to feedback channelled from the course leaders, lecturers, and students.

While in the SU office, Ko Leech, Vice President Representation, informed me of the feedback she had received in the meetings she had attended on the subject. The disadvantage for the lecturers is that there is less time allocated to marking assignments. Ko stated that she had heard mixed reviews from the students. Some found it hard to absorb so much information in such a short period of time, and struggled with January exams. Other students preferred semesterisation as they knew longer modules meant a stressful end of the year with deadlines and exams.

Talking to the members of the SU team was supportive in finding my story as they informed me the positives and negatives of semesterisation, talking from their own experience and from students who have voiced their opinions. After speaking to the members of the SU team, I decided that I wanted to concentrate on getting the angle for my story from the point of view of the students of Bournemouth.

Ko had informed me of particular courses that were fully semesterised, such as BA Advertising and Marketing. Students of this course became a valuable source to me as I intended to question them on their experience and opinions of this way of learning. From my own knowledge I knew that some of the units from BACOMM were semesterised while others were long modules spread over the academic year. From there, I decided to talk to BACOMM students in Level H as well as BA Advertising and Marketing. These students like myself, have experienced the course before semesterisation and through its introduction in a number of the course’s units. And therefore should have some valuable comments on the situation.

I also posed the question “how do you feel about semesterisation”, to a random selection of students found in the library, canteen, and Dylans bar. It was interesting to note that many students did not know what it meant or were even aware that it happened at this university. It became apparent that the Level H (final year) students were the ones that had most to comment on about the situation.

This experience was extremely valuable to me. It was an opportunity to talk to fellow students. I was able to overcome the communication barrier by approaching people and asking intriguing questions. As I was only given an hour to gather information from relevant sources, it gave me a chance to experience the pressure of real life journalism

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