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Technical Inductions

There is a fundamental need for students to be inducted in the use of equipment and resources in order that they gain a basic understanding of their use and can operate them safely protecting both themselves and the integrity of University property. This basic understanding will provide a starting point from which further detailed academic tuition and self-directed study will allow the student to develop a creative and technical proficiency.

An induction is defined as:

A base level overview of a piece of equipment or a process environment which will allow the user to prepare the equipment/process for it primary use. This induction will impart information which will safeguard the health and safety of the user and any potential bystanders and also serve to maintain the integrity of the equipment/process by preventing damage caused by misuse.

It is important to realise that technical inductions are not designed to be in depth tutorials for equipment or processes. In some situations, due to the innate complexity of the equipment or processes involved, completion of the induction will not automatically confer individual access rights to the resources concerned. Students may be required to complete further more involved course based technical workshops before access is provided for individual’s autonomous use of the resources.

1) Universal Formal Inductions

The following inductions apply to all students whose course of study requires them to access equipment from stores and/or secure specialist resource areas.

• Equipment Stores
• Connect 2/Key Box

2) Specialist Formal Inductions

In virtually all situations, if a genuine need is identified for a cohort of students to require the use of the following specialist equipment/resource areas, a technician-led induction will be routinely requested by the academic course team. Students are not permitted to use these specialist pieces of equipment/facilities without first attending the appropriate induction.

A sample but not exhaustive list of such induction sessions is detailed below:

• Higher Specification Cameras
• Recording Studios
• Theatre Control Rooms
• Photography Studios
• Photography Darkrooms
• Wood and Metal Workshops
• Ceramics Workshops
• Textile Workshops
• Fashion Workshops
• Printmaking Studios
• TV and Radio Studios

Ad-hoc Inductions

It is acknowledged there may be genuine reasons why in some cases students are either unable to attend the scheduled formal induction sessions or there may be students who need to use resources not normally associated with their course of study. In these cases and with the support of the academic tutor there may be a requirement for individuals or small groups of students to undertake specific inductions. To address this, technical staff can provide ad-hoc inductions. It should be noted these will only take place as and when the technicians’ workload permits and should not be considered “the norm”.

In these instances, please contact the appropriate Technical Induction Co-ordinator listed below who, where appropriate, will aim to schedule an induction event at the earliest opportunity.

 Induction Coordinator Responsible for  Room Ext  Email  
Martin Walmsley Performing Arts Resources ME128  5348
David Schofield Photography Resources VB337  4969
Jane Bennett Printmaking Resources VB017  2358
Graham Symonds Fashion Resources VB305  3191
Brian Moss Media Resources GR068  4340
Francis Neale Design Resources VB026B  4341