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There are many elements students will consider when choosing a destination for their higher education – from the courses on offer, facilities and fees to the location, accommodation, and nightlife. One thing they probably won’t give any thought to however is the lecture theatre seating. Although the amount of face-to-face teaching will vary dependent on the course of study undertaken, UK university students spend an average of 11-13 hours per week in lectures. This means over 3 years of learning, students can expect to spend over a thousand hours sitting in a lecture room, which makes lecture theatre seating a key part of their learning experience. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: How Lecture Theatre Seating Impacts Learning


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How Lecture Theatre Seating Impacts Learning
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  • There are many elements students will consider
    when choosing a destination for their higher
    education from the courses on offer, facilities
    and fees to the location, accommodation, and
    nightlife.
  • One thing they probably wont give any thought
    to however is the lecture theatre seating.
  • Although the amount of face-to-face teaching will
    vary dependent on the course of study undertaken,
    UK university students spend an average of 11-13
    hours per week in lectures.
  • This means over 3 years of learning, students can
    expect to spend over a thousand hours sitting in
    a lecture room, which makes lecture theatre
    seating a key part of their learning experience.

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  • Whilst students may not give any fore thought to
    the seating available in lecture theatres, if it
    is fit for purpose, they will also not give it
    much thought once they are sitting in it.
  • Its usually only when there is a problem that
    they will turn their attention to the lecture
    theatre seating rather than focussing on what is
    being taught.
  • An uncomfortable seat or a poor view can lead to
    major distraction which can have a detrimental
    effect on learning.
  • Similarly, even with clean sightlines, good
    quality lecture theatre seating will in time
    require attention as high frequency usage will
    eventually lead to wearing which in turn affects
    its comfort.
  • If youre responsible for the maintenance or
    management of lecture theatres, its important to
    regularly check that the lecture theatre seating
    is in good order and facilitates a positive
    learning experience.

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Lecture Theatre Seating key features to provide
an optimum learning experience
  • Comfort  with students required to sit for an
    average of 1-2 hours per lecture, its important
    that lecture theatre seating offers a good level
    of comfort.
  • Wooden, plastic or metal seats are not suitable
    when sitting for long periods and can start to
    feel very uncomfortable in a short space of time.
  • Comfortable lecture theatre seating requires
    cushioned and upholstered seats and backs.
  • Arms are an optional extra which can enhance
    comfort whilst also helping delineate personal
    space.

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  • Clear sightlines  this is a critical element
    that can really affect how engaged students are
    in a lecture.
  • If they cant clearly see the material being
    presented to them it can cause frustration and
    lead to seat shuffling which then becomes a
    distraction to those around them potentially
    obstructing the view of others.
  • An uninterrupted view can usually only be
    achieved where lecture theatre seating is fitted
    on a tiered or raked floor.
  • Desk space  although desk requirements can vary
    dependent on the subjects being taught, its
    vital students have sufficient work space for any
    devices or materials they need to use during a
    lecture.
  • In multi-purpose spaces where a desk isnt
    always required, fold-away desks or writing
    tablets allow for increased personal space when
    not in use.

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  • Power and connectivity  integral power and
    charging sockets are becoming more commonplace in
    lecture theatres, ensuring students remain
    connected and can access teaching materials
    online during lectures
  • These are often incorporated into desktops or
    retrofitted underneath.
  • Personal space  seats need to be of adequate
    width so students dont feel they are too close
    to each other.
  • A lack of personal space can make people feel
    uncomfortable which again can detract from
    learning.
  • This issue has also been exacerbated by the
    Coronavirus pandemic.

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  • Disability access  whilst ease of access for
    wheelchair users and those with mobility issues
    is a legal requirement in new building design, it
    can unfortunately be lacking in many older
    universities where lecture theatre design did not
    take this into consideration.
  • Not only does there need to be clear and
    sufficient access into the lecture theatre,
    provision should also be made for disabled
    students to sit alongside their peers providing
    an inclusive learning environment where they do
    not feel alienated.
  • Durability  lecture theatres are high-traffic
    facilities which accommodate several different
    groups of students throughout every day.
  • With such high-frequency usage, lecture theatre
    seating needs to be strong and hard-wearing to
    withstand the demands of modern higher education
    establishments.

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  • Colour - The colour scheme used in a lecture
    theatre can have a big influence on the
    atmosphere created and the fabric colours chosen
    for seating obviously tie into this.
  • Dark, uniform colours portray a more serious,
    professional ambience, pale or pastel colours
    make for a more relaxing space whilst bright and
    bold colours that pop give a more vibrant feel.

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Replacement Lecture Theatre Seating
  • If you want to ensure your lecture theatres
    provide an optimum learning environment, the
    above checklist provides a good point of
    reference when specifying new seating.
  • If you need to increase or reduce the capacity
    of your lecture theatre your supplier should be
    able to design a new seating plan to accommodate
    your requirements whilst complying with safety
    and equality regulations.

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New Build Lecture Theatres
  • For new build lecture theatres, an architect will
    usually design the tiered floor and seating plan
    which seating manufacturers can then work with.
  • This should be designed to provide optimum
    sightlines alongside the specification for a good
    quality, comfortable seat.
  •  Fixed tiering is bespoke made for each
    establishment and seating manufacturers like
    Evertaut offer the design, manufacture and
    installation of this alongside their seating
    products and services.

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Seating Refurbishment Options
  • In modern lecture theatres where seats have
    become worn but frames are still in good
    condition, seating refurbishment may be an
    option.
  • Generally, lecture theatre seating refurbishment
    involves removing seats, backs and arms for
    reupholstery and replacing foams as necessary.
  • Replacement desks can be fitted as part of this
    service which also provides the opportunity to
    incorporate any power sockets or charging points
    where they are not currently available.

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  • Whilst seating is a key feature in a lecture
    room, to create a truly optimum learning
    environment there are other elements such as
    fittings and décor, access, acoustics and
    audio-visual equipment that equally need to be
    addressed with relevant specialists.
  • Evertaut is a long-established manufacturer of
    tiering and lecture theatre seating.
  • We provide a complete service from design to
    installation including site surveys (where
    required) and seating plans.
  • We offer a range of lecture seating designs which
    can be tailored to requirements with a choice of
    desk options and other features.
  • To make an enquiry about lecture theatre seating
    or tiering, please complete and submit the short
    form below.

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