‘Inspiring’ university health and science building wins award

Coventry University’s health and life sciences building has won a national award for being an inspiring learning space.

The Alison Gingell Building, which was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in January, triumphed in the inspiring learning space category at the Education Estates awards.

It was also on the shortlist for the innovation in teaching and learning prize at the awards.

The building is transforming educational opportunities for future health professionals, sport and life scientists focussing on hands-on learning experiences that replicate situations students will face in their future careers.

It houses a range of innovative healthcare simulation facilities, including an ambulance, hospital wards, intensive care unit and operating theatre.

It also includes professional-standard science laboratories, Olympic-grade fitness and sports research areas and a sports therapy clinic which is open to the public.

And it is the only facility of its kind where students can learn to care for a patient at every stage of their healthcare experience, from paramedics arriving at their house and their subsequent ambulance journey, to their stay in hospital, through to their discharge and rehabilitation at home.

Professor Guy Daly, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Health and Life Sciences at the university, said:

“We’re delighted that our Alison Gingell Building has been recognised with this award. It confirms what we and our students already know that this is an incredible facility that is inspiring future generations of healthcare professionals and scientists. The experiences and opportunities our students have within this building will shape their success and help them make a difference in their chosen careers.”