Having the right resources to hand when you are studying can make all the difference. Redcliffe's facilities aim to assist students in their studies - and support community life in general.
Our extensive library occupies five rooms in the 18th century main building, Wotton House. Each library room is equipped with spacious study desks. If you have a laptop then the wireless network is also accessible, allowing you to browse the internet for additional resources. The library also operates an electronic cataloguing system, with a detailed search facility, making it easy to find just the right book.
Students on validated courses have access to additional resources at the University of Gloucestershire's Oxstalls Library, just a 5-minute walk from the college.
The dependence on IT for study has increased dramatically over recent years and at Redcliffe we recognise this. The main seminar rooms are fully equipped with multimedia data projection, plasma screen and sound facilities, complemented with portable equipment for smaller rooms. Many course resources and notes are stored online so they can be accessed by students remotely and assignments can be submitted and returned electronically.
The entire college campus, including Redcliffe Court accommodation, is served by an extensive wireless network, enabling students to access email and the internet 24 hours a day, wherever they may be. For students without their own computer equipment, we provide a fully equipped Resources Room, with workstations offering MS Office software, printing and scanning facilities.
It is a fantastic help to my studies to have access to the wireless
network from my laptop - I can write emails from my study
bedroom, surf the internet in the library or log on to online bibles and
commentaries to follow in a lecture
Children play a big part in community life at Redcliffe and we take great care to cater for the specific needs of families. You can read more about families facilities on our families page
Additional Practical Courses
From time to time you can also brush up on your practical skills, including car maintenance and DIY, which can come in very handy wherever you are working in the world. The Car Maintenance Course familiarises you with how a car works, how to maintain it well and how to fix common problems. The course is led by Dave Fisher, who was a mechanic in Tanzania and in the UK, before joining Redcliffe as our Maintenance Manager Dave has lots of examples from past experience and this helps people to realise the issues surrounding car use - especially when you're not in easy reach of a garage!
The 'DIY Course' consists of some theory regarding electrics, plumbing and general work around a house. You will also discover how to make a home safe, how to put up shelves and even how to put up a fence. The course is entirely flexible and can be tailored to the particular needs of the students attending.
Some of the most frustrating day-to-day problems facing mission partners
are not those that can be solved through theology books. You could
find yourself in the dark because you've never replaced a fuse before. On the road, a broken clutch cable means you are stranded. Believe it
or not, it is possible to drive a car without using the clutch at all! In my course, I show how it can be done
Dave Fisher, Maintenance Manager