Services for Students at Bannatyne campus expanded

The Services for Students at the University of Manitoba’s Bannatyne Campus has opened a new office to serve the students better.

The new office opened on August 15 and is located in room 245 of the T Wing in the Basic Science building. It serves as a centralized source of information for the services and programs offered by the university.

The campus is primarily used by students from the faculties of: dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and graduate studies, as well as the school of dental hygiene and the school of medical rehabilitation.

Heather Paterson, director of Student Services at Bannatyne Campus, said there are six recently renovated Services for Students offices on the second floor of T Wing, used to meet with students and hold workshops.

The Learning Assistance Centre, the Office of Student Advocacy, Student Accessibility Services, and Student Counseling Services “have all come in the past to meet with students at Bannatyne Campus, but the creation of the Student Services at Bannatyne Campus office has resulted in a permanent presence” of these services on the downtown campus, said Paterson.

She mentioned that in the near future Financial Aid & Awards office will also be increasing their presence at Bannatyne campus by hiring a new staff member, who will work in the T Wing offices two days a week.

She noted that in the past students would often have to travel to the Fort Garry campus and miss classes to meet with student services staff between regular office hours; valuable study, lab and class time was taken up with the commute to the Fort Garry campus.

“With the renovation of the T Wing offices, students are able to access services without leaving the Bannatyne campus,” Paterson said.

Students can book appointments for all of the student affairs offices at the Services for Students at Bannatyne Campus general office.

When asked about future plans for Services for Students at Bannatyne, Paterson said her office is “always looking to expand services that we can offer students.”

The University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU) has also been working to improve services for students studying on the Bannatyne campus.

Camilla Tapp, UMSU president, said they have been successfully running Answers at the Bannatyne campus since August 2009, which, like the expansion of other services at Bannatyne, has helped improve the support for students studying at that campus.

“We think this is a very positive move and will benefit Bannatyne campus students,” said Tapp.