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Desk space and seating provsions

Disclosure date: 21 October 2013

Reference: FOI2013/093

Request

1.) How many seats with desk space the university currently has in its library/libraries for student use

2.) How many computers there are that students can access at the university

3.) How many seats with desk space there are that students can use outside the university's library/libraries

4.) How many students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) are enrolled for the 2013/14 academic year.

Response

1.) The most recent figures available relate to the 2011/12 session. There were 958 study places available for student use in the SOAS Library.

2.) There are 519 fixed workstations for use around SOAS. This includes those situated in the library and those in open access computer rooms. 30 computers are located in a room where teaching takes place but can be used by any student when the room is not in use for teaching. In addition, students can use wi-fi to access resources from their own mobile devices at desks that do not have fixed workstations.

3.) I am assuming that this question refers to desk space provided on campus. There are 174 seats in the refectory (though until 8 in the evening these would generally be used by students and others taking refreshment), and students may use seats and tables in the Junior Common Room (where the Student Union is housed). There are no dedicated study areas outside the Library other than computer facilities referred to in the answer to question 2 above.

4.) We do not yet hold the number of students enrolled for the 2013/14 academic year, as enrolment is not yet finalised. In the 2011/12 academic year there were 5,402 students enrolled at SOAS.