DIGITAL technology and digital learning is at the heart of a newly refurbished Learning Hub for students at Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT.)

The renovation, funded by Enterprise M3 – the local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), is the latest initiative to integrate digital skills and technology across the college, offering students a home from home study space.

The hub, a flexible and collaborative learning space, has been designed to mirror how students work at home.

With moveable and adaptable furniture, the space can be used in many ways, enabling students to work together or independently.

It also features a host of adjustable desks, which are growing in popularity in the corporate world, allow students to work standing up or sitting down.

Alongside the Learning Hub renovation, the £300,000 award has also funded technology projects in the college’s engineering, computing and information technology departments.

Media and games design now has a new motion capture suit and the College has been able to upgrade its IT system.

Commenting on the refurb, principal at BCoT, Anthony Bravo, said: “Digital is the future – it’s where the key growth sectors are, where future careers lie and will be integral to all professions and home life.

"Our teaching environment needs to reflect this, so the Learning Hub is a new style in student learning space, unrestricted by furniture, resources or technology and designed to mirror how students work at home.

"Alongside strong technical qualifications, digital skills are king and pivotal to student success.

"Our approach is to prepare students for higher education where this equipment is readily available and for employment with advanced technical qualifications underpinned with strong digital skills and experience.”