Quest Radio in its current form was founded in 2011 and since then has significantly expanded in terms of membership numbers, broadcasting hours and professionalism. The studio was at 100% capacity during the 2015-16 academic year, and had 118 paid members, with further students involved in shows and listening online.
The previous studio imposed severe limitations on the student experience and the numbers of students who could get involved. It was previously located up a narrow staircase on the 5th floor of People’s Palace with no disabled access. The opening hours of the building, the fact students were in a totally unsupervised space, the inconvenience of having to collect keys from the other side of campus (meaning shows often ran late) and the distance away from the staff support of the Union, all presented further limitations to the station alongside numerous other health and safety concerns – the studio simply could not continue in that setup.
As a result, together with aspirations of its membership to enhance the experience, a Westfield Fund bid was submitted for a new studio.
The new studio has enabled Quest to start developing the unparalleled opportunities it offers students to gain a host of transferable and employability skills, with many of the students involved going on to pursue careers in the industry. The enhanced technical specification has begun to improve the quality, production and professionalism of student shows, whilst expanding on what students can do in the studio, improving their skill-set and knowledge.
You can view the project poster presented at QMUL’s 2017 Teaching and Learning Conference below (click to enlarge):