Design Studios : Code of Conduct

Please be considerate, safe and respectful of other users when using the Design Studios by observing the following rules:

  • No spray mounting / spray painting / soldering anywhere in the studio – this can be done in the workshop; there are two dedicated spray booths there.
  • Exercise caution when moving the large plywood walls/dividers; check for obstructions, open floor boxes, etc. in the path of moving dividers.
  • Do not stand on tables or chairs to reach higher places – use only the kicker stools provided.  Studio furniture must not be taken away from the floor.
  • Do not disturb other tutorials / classes by walking through them or being unduly loud near them.
  • Portfolios and models should be left tidily in the racks / shelves provided – with your name attached.  Items left lying around will be moved to the portfolio rack behind printer area, long term unclaimed items will be disposed of.
  • No small electrical items such as KETTLES, TOASTERS, MICROWAVE OVENS, HEATERS – these will be confiscated.
  • Hot food should NOT to be consumed at the computers or within the computing areas. Smelly food is also NOT acceptable in the studio when it affects those around you.
  • Please report building issues such as leaks, power problems and other hazards to a member of staff or FM helpdesk
  • Student Studio Assistants – identified by “SUPPORT STAFF” shirts – are on duty to offer assistance with computing / printing / studio activities during core hours.
  • Stockwell Street Reception security personnel are First Aid trained; in the event that such attention is needed contact / inform front desk reception.
  • Take responsibility for YOUR studio by clearing up after yourselves; the cleaners can’t clean the floor if they can’t see it.  There are bins and brooms around the studio – please use them.

Key Contacts: 

Stockwell Street Reception / Security : 02083318429 / 02083318451

FM Helpdesk :

Faculty Technical Support:

The University’s policy on student behaviour see the Personal Conduct Code pages

Student Assistants

We have a team of student design studio assistants on hand to help with the running of the studios, computers spaces and workshop.  These can be identified as being on duty by their SUPPORT shirts.

The morning shift begins at 8.30 with assistants tasked with:

Computing Area:

  • Check machines to ensure they are on and working;
    • mice and keyboards are there,
    • chassis hasn’t fallen in hanger
    • there’s no usb sticks or mobile charging cables hanging out. (these will be given to the security front desk at the end of the shift).
  • Logout / restart machines left unused but still logged in.
  • Check / replace paper / ink in printers and plotters if necessary (report low supplies to tech staff for reordering)
  • Throw out obvious rubbish from print area
    • any usable waste paper to be trimmed down and put in drawers for use by other students
  • Clean scanner glass and rollers of large sheet feed scanner and A3 scanner

Studio Area:

  • Rearrange studio tables, chairs and partitions so they are back to how they are laid out in the plans – unless there are specific instructions to do otherwise
  • Unplug TV trolleys and spread them out throughout the spaces – unless specific instructions to put them in particular place
  • Push down any floor box flaps that are sticking out.
  • Fetch back any easels that have been taken from the life drawing area (only the easels painted green should be used for posters in the foyer / turnstiles / stairs)
  • Report any H&S related issues; e.g floor box collapse, leaking pipes, broken tables etc.
  • Obvious rubbish / broken models / torn up paper etc – to be disposed or marked for disposal (for the cleaners or FM)
  • Remove and scalpels / blades and put in plastic container in portfolio hut.

Throughout the day our assistant shifts are

  • 8.30 – 13.30
  • 13.30 – 17.30
  • 17.30 – 21.00
  • 21.00 – 11.30 (when necessary)

Our assistants will be on hand to

  • help out with basic computer / printing problems
  • assist tutors if they need help setting up their studio spaces and the large screen trolley machines
  • organise the hand out and collection of the laptops from the trolleys if they are booked for a class
  • carry out PC / Mac updates / fixes as directed
  • periodically patrol around the studio areas checking all is well


Risk Assessment / Best Practice for Typical Studio Working

  • Obstructions (Fire Lanes)
    • Academic, Support staff and students will ensure that fire exists and routes are kept free of any obstruction at all times
  • Slips, trips and falls
    • Academic and Support staff will ensure that cables crossing fire routes are suitably covered, and that any other equipment is not left in a position that could cause someone to trip over it. Cables must be covered or taped down
  • Electric Shock
    • All university electrical appliances used in the studios must have a up to date PAT test label. Electrical floor boxes MUST ONLY be used with their lead outlet flaps; failure to do so can damage electrical cables.
  • Cameras on tripods – trip/falling hazard
    • Academic and Support staff need to bring to the attention of the students that safety has to be taken into consideration when using recording equipment to ensure they are being used correctly and that they make others aware of their presence. Tripods should never be left unattended under any circumstances.
  • Lighting equipment – Burn hazard
    • When using tungsten lights, best practice must be observed to ensure trip, falling burning hazards are kept to a minimum
  • Falling sets/models
    • Large sets/models are not to be constructed within the studio areas without supervision and guidance/assessment from the Workshop manager or responsible tutor.
  • Manual handling
    • Only lighter items are stored on higher shelves and items that are not containers. Items are removed if oversized for the shelf.
  • Portable equipment – Obstructions/trip hazards
    • Some items are stored when not in use. Walkways and doorways are not to be obstructed when in use. Items loaned from the workshop are returned when no longer in use. TV trollies must not have trailing wires to power points and have wheels locked when in position.
  • Cutting of paper, card, foambaord with scalpels – Cut hazards
    • For most cutting needs there are A1 Rotary trimmers available in the print area. For more precise needs A1 cutting mats and rulers are available and a cutting bin in place for used blades
  • Portable walls – obstruction/striking hazards
    • Walls are not to be moved alone as visibility is limited. Fire lanes must be kept clear when in position and wheels locked.
  • Pinning up work – over stretching, falling
    • When pinning up work only low level steps are to be used to reach the higher parts of the pin walls. All staff & students are to use best practice and not missuse the steps or over reach.
    • Mobile pins walls must have locked wheels before pinning up commence
    • Studio chairs / tables / furniture are NOT to be used for standing on to reach higher points.  Use the kicker stools only.
  • Gluing – Hot glue burns
    • Hot glue guns are to be used with due care to trailling wires, being aware of those around you and appropriate storage. Unattended glue guns must be turned off and unplugged.
  • Lone/out of hours working. Risk of Abuse/sickness/misconduct
    • Patrols are scheduled by the security staff at the reception.
  • An Accident/Incident Report Form should be used to report occurrences of building/property damage, fire, theft/loss, dangerous occurrence etc.  Full details to the IR procedure can be found on the University website






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