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Students buzzing for new Hive

From Tuesday 16th December, Hive East will be closed in preparation for its refurbishment. Here’s what this will look like and how it will affect you.

The Students’ Union is creating a more ‘collaborative’ Hive with more spaces able to be booked by societies and student groups.

Martin Beeson, QMUL Library Services Teaching and Learning Support Manager, described the plans as an “exciting, vibrant, engaging and flexible environment for all our students.”

Hopefully, the refurbished Hive will ease the flow of students using the library during exam period and times when there are lots of deadlines due, such as over the last couple of weeks.

Hive East will be reopening for the new semester on 8th January, with new furniture arriving in reading week.

The refurbished Hive will have increased places to work and a comfortable environment, especially for group study. But not to worry, new independent study areas will also be provided.

Soft seating, group study pods, group work desks and individual study desks will be installed, but most importantly docking stations, mains supply and USB ports.

As a result of student feedback, more space for Friday prayers will also be provided.

The Students’ Union hopes that these changes will make the Hive an integral central hub of life at QMUL, and benefit students by giving us more enjoyable places to work. The Union will be taking over the management of Hive East, in hope that it will become a key part of the SU building. QMUL Library Services will retain control of Hive West.

This is an amazing success for Queen Mary

QMSU President, Yas Yeahia, said: “The Students’ Union has always realised the demand for student space on campus and the need to improve the Hive as a student space. This is an amazing success for Queen Mary and helps solve many issues that had been ongoing for a number of years. I am particularly pleased that the concerns about existing spaces accommodating Friday prayers, Jummah, have now been resolved and look forward to continuing to secure and maximise great space for students on campus with QMUL.”

If you wish to access to Hive West during this refurbishment period, please note that you can still access it through the G.O Jones Building on Physics Avenue (opposite Queen’s Building).


Image – Queen Mary Students’ Union

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