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Cardiff University launches new Library with the help of Carol Vorderman

23 March 2009

Cardiff University will be welcoming well-known television personality and Honorary Fellow Carol Vorderman to help officially launch an innovative new learning facility (25 March 2009).

The Trevithick Library has been completely redesigned to enhance the student experience. It now offers a range of modern environments to inspire research and learning, meeting changing technological and curriculum needs.

The Library will be declared officially open by Carol Vorderman and attendees at the launch event will have the opportunity to tour the new facilities. Speakers at the event are Professor Malcolm Jones, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Estates, and Janet Peters, University Librarian.

Speaking ahead of the event, Carol Vorderman said: "As an Honorary Fellow of the University, I am looking forward to coming to Cardiff to help launch the Trevithick Library. It is fantastic to see investment in modern facilities which not only look stylish but are also practical and really cater for the needs of students and inspire research and learning."

Key elements of the new design include a research lounge, open study spaces, group study rooms, wireless networks and a modern ‘computer bar’. To allow students total flexibility, self-service book issue and return units and an external 24 hour book return chute have also been installed. Time saved on these basic library functions enables library staff to spend more time assisting users in making the most of the library’s extensive print and electronic resources.

Janet Peters, University Librarian, said: "The study habits and needs of students are changing and the University’s Information Services Directorate is working to provide the modern, high-quality infrastructure required to meet those needs. The change in Trevithick impressively illustrates our vision for the libraries of the future."

The design was commissioned from architects based at the Design Research Unit Wales, part of the Welsh School of Architecture, who liaised closely with the University’s Estates division. The project also attracted sponsorship from several supporters, including The Wolfson Foundation, Corus, Mott MacDonald, ARUP, Renishaw, the South Wales Institute of Engineering and alumnus Captain Ken Nelson. The sponsorship has provided additional funding to create a corporate style within the Library.

The Trevithick Library, which caters for students and researchers from the Schools of Computer Science, Engineering, Physics & Astronomy and the Manufacturing Engineering Centre is a flagship design for future library developments at the University. It arose from a review of the Library Service which aimed to provide world-leading research facilities, inspiring learning environments and expert support for all library users.

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Notes to Editors:

1. For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:

Jessica Kelly, Public Relations and Communications, Cardiff University

T: 029 2087 0995

E: KellyJA@cardiff.ac.uk

2. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

Visit the University website at: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk