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27 March 2009

Carol Vorderman and Janet Peters, University Librarian, in the newly redesigned Trevithick Library.Carol Vorderman and Janet Peters, University Librarian, in the newly redesigned Trevithick Library.

The redesigned Trevithick Library has been declared officially open by Honorary Fellow Carol Vorderman.

At a special launch event held in the Library on 25 March 2009, speakers included Professor Malcolm Jones, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Estates, and Janet Peters, University Librarian. Carol Vorderman performed a ribbon-cutting ceremony and had the opportunity to tour the innovative new facilities.

Speaking at the event, Carol said: "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."

As part of Information Services’ Library Review, the Trevithick Library has been completely redesigned to enhance the student experience. It now offers a range of modern environments which meet changing technological and curriculum needs.

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.

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.

Carol Vorderman

Carol Vorderman, who was made an Honorary Fellow of the University in 2008, spent the day in Cardiff ahead of the launch and met with Professor Siyu Fu, Academic Director of the Confucius Institute at the Centre for Lifelong Learning.

Carol said: "My current mission is to head a task force to review the teaching of maths in the UK, primarily in England, for children up to the age of 18. The UK has cascaded down the international league tables in the last decade. However, China remains firmly at the top. I enjoyed talking about education in China and the cultural attitude towards mathematics with Professor Fu."

She also had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the School of Mathematics, including the Head of School Professor Russell Davies, to discuss women in maths and applications for maths in industry.

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