Facilities and learning tools Facilities and learning tools The Kingston and St George’s partnership gives students access to excellent facilities across two universities. We continue to invest in our facilities and resources to provide our students with the best learning experience possible. We strive to provide facilities that enable simulated learning experiences for our students, to equip them with the skills necessary to enter the work environment with confidence. Listed below are some examples of the facilities we offer. For facilities specific to a course, see our course pages. Specialist skills laboratories We have state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories where our nursing, midwifery, radiography and rehabilitation sciences students can perfect basic skills for their practice in a clinical environment. Each skills lab and session is tailored with the equipment and design for the unique environments our students will enter after study. Using the latest in specialist equipment and patient mannequins, our students have access to all the tools necessary to prepare for their future careers. Many of our skills laboratories are also fitted with surveillance equipment, in order to provide students with ‘live’ feedback. Libraries and learning resources All Kingston and St George’s students have access to Kingston University and St George’s, University of London campus libraries and learning resources. Collectively, we provide our students with access to over 427,000 books, over 14,000 print and electronic journals and 150 databases. The Learning Resources Centre (LRC) at the Kingston Hill campus has 750 study areas, is open 8.30am – 9.00pm most days, and offers a wealth of resources for students. St George’s, University of London’s library is generally open 8.00am-11.00pm weekdays and 9.00am-9.00pm weekends. Purpose-built simulation environments The nature of Kingston and St George’s partnership allows students access to excellent simulated learning environments across both universities. The environments seek to replicate, as closely as possible, the challenging situations and work environments our students will enter. Year after year, students comment that learning in our modern simulation environments is an invaluable experience, in order to enter the workplace with confidence and impact. Examples of simulation environments include: Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT) suite – a projected cancer treatment room that enables therapeutic radiography students to master the skills needed to provide cancer patients with doses of radiotherapy. Practice Learning Suite – a purpose-built, multi-functional space similar to a home with a real door and various rooms that can be altered to suit the situation. The facility allows social work students the opportunity to practice essential skills such as entering a home environment or having difficult conversations with service users. The suite is fitted with cameras to enable live feedback from teaching staff. Paramedic simulation centre – comprised of two, fully fitted ambulance saloons in a classroom with full audio and visual capabilities. There are also three home environments, which allow full simulation with patients in real-time scenarios in the safety and comfort of the university. Simulation house – a simulation house in the Kingston Hill grounds, typical of a home environment with a kitchen, lounge, bathroom and bedrooms. The facility allows education, paramedic science and midwifery students to undertake safe developmental simulation in real time scenarios. Outdoor learning environment – where trainee teachers lead curriculum-linked natural sciences activities with children. It includes a specially built ‘cubby house’, outdoor pond, beehive and nature trail. Dissection room – a dedicated facility unique in the United Kingdom, where students can learn by prosection of cadaveric materials and tissues. This is frequently cited by students as one of our most valued facilities. Town House development Kingston University is planning to replace the existing Town House building on our Penrhyn Road campus with a new £55million landmark building in 2019, which will transform the learning experience and bring together the University and the local community. The development is part of a multimillion pound investment into a series of projects set to improve Kingston University’s facilities for all students. The project will create a welcoming and attractive landscaping scheme across the front of the campus.