Students brainstorm way-finding solutions

Groups of students and staff gather around table looking at documents
Students, consumers and Westmead Redevelopment project team

University of Sydney students have started a new project, focused on developing innovative solutions to digital way-finding and self-service at Westmead.

The project is part of the university’s new undergraduate curriculum, industry and community project units, where interdisciplinary student groups, together with industry and community partners, collaborate to tackle challenges and prepare for careers of the future.

Westmead Redevelopment director of redesign and transformation Carla Edwards is the industry partner for this Westmead project, which kicked off three weeks ago.

In week two, the students met with Westmead consumers, including members of the Western Sydney Local Health District Youth Council and the Westmead Redevelopment Consumer Reference Group, to gather their feedback on current and future way-finding across the campus.

The students then participated in a redevelopment-led briefing session, focused on its digital way-finding strategy.

Project supervisor and University of Sydney senior lecturer in behavioural and social sciences in health Leigh Wilson said it had been a delight to see the depth of thinking the students had displayed.

“This innovative way of teaching and learning has provided an environment where students can be highly engaged in a real world problem and critically reflect on the problem to develop a realistic solution,” she said.

The subject will conclude with student presentations, a written report to the industry partner and an expert panel.

“This subject is a great way for us to nurture some of our young, bright minds and provide a space for them to innovate and create,” Carla said.

“Way-finding is a big part of the Westmead Redevelopment project so we’re thrilled to have these students focusing on different strategies for how we can better orientate people around the campus.”

The University of Sydney and the Westmead Redevelopment have already partnered for the industry and community project units, with students working in semester one to explore how emerging technologies would impact the future health workforce.

Read more about the Westmead Redevelopment project.