- About the space
- The Humanities Studio is a black box theatre space and although theatre lighting and sound equipment is available on request (to staff and students working on IATL funded projects) it is primarily used as a teaching space.
- Maximum capacity for fire regulations: 110. Seating for 50 people only.
- Approximate dimensions: 10 x 11m
- Conditions of use
- All bookings should start at five minutes past and end at five minutes to the hour to ensure that there is enough time to pack away and setup for the next session;
- At the end of each session furniture should be put back into the default position (with chairs stacked), litter should be put in the bins provided and any personal effects removed;
- Please ensure that all AV equipment and lights are switched off at the end of each booking;
- No food or drink, apart from water, is allowed in this space at any time. Any catering should be delivered to the common room area through the internal door;
- When using the whiteboard we ask that you please take care to ensure that the correct pens are being used;
- No furniture should be brought into or taken out of this space;
- Users are not permitted to mark the floor with chalk. LX tape may be used instead but must be removed at the end of the session;
- Under no circumstances should items be stored in this space without prior permission from IATL;
- Use of hazardous materials, including but not limited to naked flames, knives and sharp implements, is strictly prohibited in this space;
- Please wear appropriate clean, non-marking footwear whilst using the space;
- Please be considerate of other building users at all times.
The space is equipped with the following:
- A ceiling-mounted projector connected to a PC (on the left-hand wall, as you face the projection screen), which has the same software installed as you would find in a centrally timetabled room
- Separate inputs for the above projector (VGA, HDMI and audio) to connect to your own device, if desired
- A simple control panel mounted on the wall to control the above equipment
- Studio lighting and sound system (available by prior arrangement only)
- Power sockets and network points around the edge of the room
- A mobile whiteboard
- Dimmable lighting: switches are located inside the space, to the sides of both entrance doors (i.e. the single, internal door from the rest of the Humanities Building and the full-height double doors from the lobby area); press and hold a switch to alternate between decreasing and increasing the light level; keep a switch held down to turn the corresponding lights off completely.
- 50 chairs
- 2 tables
- The teaching equipment in this space is fully supported by AV Services.
- To play music from your own device, without using the projector, please connect the audio plug to your device and use the 'iPod' button on the control panel.
- There is no VHS player in the space. We recommend using the conversion service offered by AV Services.
- Health, safety and risk assessments
Important health and safety information for users of IATL's teaching spaces:
Risk assessment - teaching activities and events
When organising activities and events in IATL's teaching spaces it is extremely important that you consider the hazards involved and the degree of risk arising from those hazards. For all unusual activities we ask that you complete a risk assessment form, which can be found on the University's Health, Safety and Well-being pages.
Risk Assessment - performances
- Where a professional theatre company has been employed to deliver a performance (with professionals), the responsibility for the risk assessment lies with them and a copy should be sent to IATL.email@example.com for our records. Where such a company is delivering a performance with students a further risk assessment should be drawn up in collaboration with IATL's freelance theatre technician.
- Where student groups are producing performances (or installations) in IATL spaces, they are required to book time with IATL's freelance technician, who will assess the risks and complete a risk assessment for IATL's records. It is important to note that only IATL's freelance theatre technician is authorised to access the Humanities Studio lighting gantry.
- Where staff members with no theatrical or technical training are delivering performances (or installations) in IATL spaces, they are required to book time with IATL's approved freelance technician, who will assess the risks and complete a risk assessment for IATL's records. It is important to note that only IATL's freelance technician is authorised to access the Humanities Studio lighting gantry.
- Where technical equipment (e.g. lighting, sound, rostra, etc.) is being used in teaching practice and/or events, a full risk assessment should be carried out in advance, with input from a member of IATL staff and/or IATL's freelance technician.
- Room booking rules (staff and students)
Student and society bookings:
- Student and society bookings of this space are only accepted up to one week (7 days) in advance up to a maximum of four hours per day or 20 hours a week;
- Block booking is not permitted (this includes a series of bookings for the same time in consecutive days);
- Normally, only one member of any given society will be granted authorisation to make bookings - where more than one member has been granted booking rights the booking limits apply to the society, rather than the booker;
- Priority is given to teaching bookings and so there may be rare occasions when you are required to give up your booking in the event that the space is neeeded for teaching. This is an unusual occurance and you will be informed in advance (by email);
- Please ensure that conditions of use for this space are followed at all times;
- Please respect other users - especially in cases where the Studio is very busy and sessions are running back to back, it is likely that you will not be able to access the space on the dot of your booking slot;
- Bookings start 5 minutes after your allotted time and finish 5 minutes before your allotted time ends - this means you have 10 minutes of shared time with the previous or next booking;
- Only those students who have undertaken an IATL induction and been approved are authorised to use the theatre lighting/sound equipment in this space;
- A risk assessment will need to be completed when carrying out any unusual or hazardous activities in this space.
- Staff from all departments are very welcome to make bookings of IATL's teaching spaces for teaching and learning activities and events;
- If you are booking a weekly slot and do not require the slot during reading week, please navigate to the relevant week on the timetable once you have booked and delete your booking for that week;
- 2019-20 booking requests for the Humanities Studio can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and approved booking will be added to the system in July 2019;
- Please ensure that conditions of use for this space are followed at all times;
- A risk assessment will need to be completed when carrying out any unusual or hazardous activities in this space;
- The Humanities Studio is a card access space. If you have made a booking on behalf of another staff member then please email IATL.email@example.com with their full name and ID card number so that they can be provided with card access.
If you are holding an event hosting an external guest speaker or require a performance space for a once a term performance, you can request a special booking. If it is an event with an external guest you must provide information about the event and guest as well as registering the guest using the university's external guest form.If it is a performance, you must provide information about the performance and negotiate with other performance groups regarding timing.
Special bookings can be requested by contacting IATL at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that special booking requests can take between 2 weeks and a month to be approved.