Health & Wellbeing

Time: 11:00 - 12:00

Date: 22-Nov-2018


The Architecture of Wellbeing – Lucy Plumridge & David Greig, HLM

Globally, Universities are redesigning their learning spaces to meet changing demands in pedagogical practice and to improve student experience and student wellbeing.

A recent report by the Institute for Public Policy Research reported that over the last 5 years there has been a fivefold increase in the proportion of students who disclose a mental health condition to their university. The pressures of academic standards, financial cost and social pressures are adding to the risk of poor mental health and wellbeing in higher education. Looking at how architecture can enhance student wellbeing has therefore been at the core of HLM’s education work.

This talk draws on our experience with various Scottish Universities in creating new learning spaces that respond to the 5 ways of wellbeing – connectivity, activity, mindfulness, learning and engagement with a wider community.

Having gone through an intensive stakeholder engagement process as part of a Learning and Teaching space review for St Andrews University we will share some of the surprising findings when it comes to student and academic preferences. We will explore themes such as the move to more open plan active teaching spaces and the role of technology.

From our work at Glasgow University we will explore how student mental health considerations can shape the design of the built environment to create supportive, inclusive learning environments both on large scale developments and small pilot rooms.

The key learning points will be:

  • lessons learned and challenges from providing active learning spaces
  • student and academic preferences for learning and teaching environments
  • what are the key considerations when designing for wellbeing
  • creating inspiring spaces



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