Silent study

09 September 2011

L to R. Members of the E-Services and Communications team, Kate Wright, E-learning Development Officer, Johanna Westwood, E-learning Support Officer and Patrick Glaister, Graduate Trainee, who organised the opening.
L to R. Members of the E-Services and Communications team, Kate Wright, E-learning Development Officer, Johanna Westwood, E-learning Support Officer and Patrick Glaister, Graduate Trainee, who organised the opening.
Former students, staff and members of the University gathered on 3rd September to open the new Tom Lloyd Silent Study Suite in the Hugh Owen Library.

The Study Suite is a silent computer space and Facebook-free zone which has been created following feedback from students who requested additional computer space, quiet space for personal study and a Facebook-free zone. 

The suite has been named after Thomas Griffiths Lloyd, a former member of staff and Aberystwyth alumnus. Tom attended Aberystwyth University from 1943 to 1946 graduating with honours in Welsh.  He studied librarianship at the University of London before returning to Aberystwyth.  Tom played a central part in the life of the University Library, and was head of the Science Library and later head of the Orders Department. On his death in April 2006, aged 81, he bequeathed £45,000 to the Library.

The room has been named after Tom so that his contribution to the University and Library continues to be fully appreciated and celebrated.

The event was attended by Rebecca Davies, Pro Vice Chancellor and Director of Information Services who opened the suite along with Tom’s cousin, Roy Griffiths Lloyd.  It was also attended by some of Tom’s former colleagues and by Aberystwyth Alumni.  All those who attended viewed the new facilities and drank a toast to Tom in appreciation of his contribution to the Library and to the continuing support that his bequest is making to today’s Aberystwyth’s students.

Pictured are members of the E-Services and Communications team in Information Services, Kate Wright, E-learning Development Officer, Johanna Westwood, E-learning Support Officer and Patrick Glaister, Graduate Trainee, who organised the opening.

Working with Monica Decelis from Media and Sales in Information Services, the team also prepared an exhibition celebrating Tom Lloyd’s contribution which is currently on display in the silent study suite.

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