How can a Smart Block improve student wellbeing?
Going to university is a really exciting time, filled with the promise of taking the first steps into a world filled with new-found independence, new friends and new experiences.
As with any big change, it can also be stressful and unsettling and many young students can find themselves feeling a little lost. However, with a bit of TLC and some forward planning, it is possible to minimise the impact on young peoples’ mental health and wellbeing.
In December 2018, Glide released the Smart Block 2020 white paper, outlining a vision for future-proofing student residences. A smart building can be defined as a building that uses automated processes to manage its heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, security and other systems. Technology has an important role for happier, healthier, safer students and cohesive communities.
The enabling technology for the Smart Block, SFI™, is much more than super-fast broadband and pervasive wireless. Investing in a future-proofed infrastructure today ensures the property stays relevant and competitive and that it will be a place that future generations of students will want to live in.
The need for students to use Wi-Fi in communal areas as well as the need for a secure Wi-Fi connection for operations teams creates a dependency on pervasive Wi-Fi. Key benefits to pervasive Wi-Fi are many, ranging from helping build a sense of community amongst residents to allowing students to stay connected across the building.
One of the main ways Glide can help student wellbeing is through our fast, pervasive Wi-Fi. For many young people, university means moving away from their support network, which when paired with the fact that more than 50% of UK students experience homesickness within the first term at university, means that they will want to make sure that they can connect with friends and family as soon as they move in. With Glide’s fast pervasive Wi-Fi, students are connected from the moment they step into the building, giving peace of mind to anxious new students.
The number one benefit delivered by the Smart Block is environment monitoring for better cognitive behaviour. Research papers like the Stoddard Review have established a firm link between the environment, cognitive behaviour and wellbeing, concluding that there is a 2 to 3.5% improvement in productivity by maintaining an optimum study environment*.
It’s a well-known fact that we all need our beauty sleep, but it’s also really important for good mental health. Smart Block can regulate temperatures to make sure rooms are at the optimum temperature so every new student catches their 40 winks, leaving them refreshed and full of vim every morning. An added benefit is that the heating can be controlled using smart phones and smart thermostats, allowing individuals to personalise their environments for maximum comfort. In addition to regulating temperatures, Smart Block also enables operators to monitor the environment, including carbon monoxide levels, contaminants and volatile organic compounds. Better air quality means happier, healthier students. As if that wasn’t enough, operators can also use the Smart Block to monitor the quality of the building’s water, meaning no more manual bacterial testing, ensuring that students are safer from legionella, keeping them healthier and therefore happier.
Outdoor and communal space needs Wi-Fi as part of a community strategy. By encouraging shared experiences, students will not only connect with one another, improving their mental health, but will also be inclined to stay. Pervasive Wi-Fi means reliable access in communal areas, allowing operators to organise events such as quiz nights and film nights to bring students together to socialise. Plus, students can also use it to study, work-out and cook together within the building, safe from the stresses of worrying about the connection dropping.
*Improving Indoor Air Quality improves the Performance of Office Work and School Work, P. Wargocki 2005 & The Workplace Advantage – The Stoddard Review 2018
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