28 September, 2023
Creating a sound future for universities
Maris Managing Director, Alex Hunt, talks about designing and building state-of-the-art facilities from sound studios to literal game-changers.

How universities are making themselves the go-to destinations for specialist skills.

Universities mean business. They’re thinking about what their students want in a variety of disciplines, especially when it comes to the creative arts, and they’re making themselves stand out in specialist areas with gold-standard facilities.

The increasing opportunities that technology offers to the education landscape are game changing for the student experience. Here, Maris Managing Director, Alex Hunt, talks about designing and building state-of-the-art facilities from sound studios to literal game-changers.

How universities are shaping the future

“It astounded me when I realised the scope of what London South Bank University wanted to achieve with their new Radio Studio. We brought in some of the best consultants in the UK for acoustic design and the result is equipment fit for a real-life broadcaster.

Universities are really putting their thoughts and investment into providing facilities that will deliver exceptional outcomes for students. They want the best-in-class experiences so they can develop a reputation for nurturing world-leading skills.

Oxbridge have always done this well in their specialist areas and now younger universities are realising they need to invest to attract the best young talent from around the world. They’re doing this by focusing on what they do well and taking it to new heights, carving out their own specialist areas.”

“For example, Buckinghamshire New University was formerly a technical college. Now it has built on that heritage, and with the help of individuals like Jay Blades MBE as Chancellor, they’re honing their specialisms. As a case in point, they now have a dedicated BA (Hons) in Furniture Design – after all, furniture is something which everyone ultimately needs. This practical emphasis is integral to the future of work and degrees that lead people into in-demand professions.

Similarly, Teesside University is investing in gaming, educating the future game makers of the world. This is so important for the UK economy as well as the individuals who are heading out into the working world. The UK is not the manufacturing nation it once was, but it’s diversifying. These universities are seeing where the world is going, the in-demand industries and topic areas, and they’re making themselves the go-to education facilities for the specialisms of today and tomorrow. That’s a really exciting proposition to be a part of and support.”

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