Matthew Pennycook, Member of Parliament for Greenwich and Woolwich, is officially launching GSM London’s new library and careers facilities on Friday 13th May, 2016.
The new library now has a modernised design that doubles the size and capacity of its predecessor. This has allowed for an increase in the number of individual and communal study spaces and additional IT and computing areas. In addition, there have been improvements to lighting, air-flow and noise control to enhance the overall library experience for staff and students.
There has also been a substantial increase in the number of core textbooks available for all programmes in the library. As well as providing new study facilities for current students, the library also signifies GSM London’s commitment to investing in its future and that of the local community. GSM London is dedicated to creating opportunities for all students no matter their academic or socio-economic backgrounds.
Like GSM London, Mr Pennycook is an advocate for equality and social mobility, especially in education. Before taking office as an MP in 2015, he worked for charities such as Child Poverty Action Group and the Fair Pay Network. He also has deep roots in the Greenwich community, like GSM London. GSM London is a socially inclusive institution with a thriving student population that represents and serves its local community.
Mr Pennycook said: “I am delighted to join GSM London to celebrate the opening of their new library and careers facilities. GSM London plays an important role in creating opportunities for the residents of Greenwich and supporting our fantastic local communities. This investment will enhance those opportunities and ensure that students have even more support to achieve their goals.”
Sir Robert Burgess, Chair of the Board of GSM London, added: “We are committed to providing our students with support and resources to attain the highest levels of educational achievement and take up new opportunities. The new library is a clear demonstration of that commitment, and we are proud that GSM London students will enjoy the benefits of such an outstanding facility.”
The new library and careers service follows other major developments at GSM London in 2016, such as the Formation Zone (FZ) initiative. The first of its kind in the capital, it combines a business incubator, innovation centre, and enterprise education facility all under one roof.
Debi Hayes, Provost of GSM London, added: “We have invested several hundreds of thousands of pounds and many hours of our staff’s time to make this transformation. We have listened to what our students want throughout the redevelopment process. That is why the careers service has been integrated into the library.
“Getting a job after university is imperative for our students, so that has strengthened our commitment to provide them with the advice and skills to improve their employability whilst they study with us, beyond graduation and throughout their careers.”