New facilities officially opened for semester 2 teaching
|UQ's Professor Alan Rix, Dr Beth Woods - Deputy Director General, Agriculture DAF, Mr Jim Madden, MP for Ipswich West and Professor Neal Menzies tour the new laboratory.|
The official opening of the Plant Industries Building at UQ Gatton was held last week to celebrate Stage 2 of the refurbishment of the existing building which was built in 1967.
Jim Madden, MP for Ipswich West and current President of the UQ Gatton Past Students Association officially opened the building alongside Professor Neal Menzies and Professor Alan Rix.
The new laboratory and flexible learning facilities that were opened are dedicated to undergraduate student learning and will assist academics to excite them about the opportunities in agriculture and veterinary science.
Stage 2, the final completion of the refurbishment of the Plant Industries Building included a completely new modern entry, a 100-seat Agricultural Chemistry Laboratory which represents the very best in lab teaching facilities for large classes, a Flexible Learning Centre and Plant Science Research Laboratories.
The large multipurpose wet laboratory with seating capacity for 96 students, includes fittings, fixtures, equipment and furniture appropriate for practicals in chemistry, biochemistry, animal nutrition as well as other related courses. The Flexible Learning Centre adjoins the large laboratories at either end and provides open space for flexible teaching and learning for 80 students. The space is fitted out with significant IT and audio visual equipment and infrastructure, and the tables can be reconfigured in a number of ways to accommodate small and large group learning activities.
These state of the art teaching facilities will offer students the very best experience in their learning at Gatton in agricultural and veterinary sciences.