Why are UNSW’s faculty furniture “not ergonomically sound”?

  • Furniture is chosen based on its purpose and task – how they expect students to use the piece of furniture.
  • The reason why faculty furniture is “not ergonomically sound” is because they did NOT intend to make those spaces a study space for students. [Yes, what you read was just correct – I am not kidding with you.]
  • They said that is what the libraries are for – a whole building dedicated to studying for students.

So how are we supposed to be using faculty furniture?

It is obvious at first glance that faculty furniture including:

  • bar stools
  • high tables
  • sofas
  • round tables
  • outdoor benches

are very cafeteria like.

Something a little like….Hungry Jack’s restaurant layout.Hungry Jacks layout

(Taken from: https://www.bookmarc.com.au/images/suppliers/550/gallery/full/20111212004829_3___PIC10L.jpg)

You see the uncanny resemblance? 😳😓

Apparently such interior designing is suppose to give off a relaxed and open feel to the environment that fosters discussion and socialising opportunities for students.

But there are overcrowding issues at the librariesstudents who have classes only in one building who don’t want to waste time travelling back and forth from the library

Check out our next blog post where we discuss why UNSW needs to adapt to student’s changing needs.

Written by J.T



    1. Well, we are talking about UNSW faculty furniture in general. So that includes buildings like ASB and Red Centre just to name a few. They have countless backless stools and unsupportive furniture that is not good for our posture. Hope that clears things up 🙂

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    1. Thank you for your comment. We do think that some of the furniture at UNSW is really good e.g the classroom furniture as they are proper tables and chairs but with the backless stools and high tables and sofas which are too soft, they definitely promote bad posture.

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  1. Yes UNSW does have a lot of students and we’ve all noticed the overcrowding in particular study spaces! But this doesn’t mean we hurt ourselves while putting in the hard hours working! UNSW should really be taking our health and safety more seriously! Looking forward to reading more on UNSW adapting to student’s changing needs.

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    1. We can’t agree with you more! Students are putting a lot of hours of hard work and effort into their studies. It should be UNSWs duty to support us with all their might (and the fees we pay them) by providing sound ergonomic study environments.

      We will be posting our next blog post about UNSW needing to adapt to student’s changing needs very soon! Keep an eye out for that 🙂


  2. Yeah, when I was studying at UNSW a lot of the time it was too far to trek to the libraries, and it’s always hard to find a desk at the library. I actually resorted to using the computer labs at my “home faculty” building – at least the chairs there have back support.

    But yeah, the view that UNSW has expressed…it just seems a bit impractical – the furniture is for students after all. What do students do? STUDents. STUDy.
    Anyway, who am I to judge?

    Thanks for making the effort to be our voice to the Uni!

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  3. Omg absolutely! Whenever I walk past library they were full so I had to sit else where and look! It’s UNSW cafeteria. At first I thought it was somewhat new design that was applied in UNSW but now after reading this post, i feel like i want to go grab a meal there. Great post and glad that I’m not the only one who thinks this way.

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  4. Unfortunately with the restrictive nature of UNSW architecture and student habits, it does seem to fall all too comforatbly into the setting of a fast food joint. Maybe it’s why students sometimes randomly feel hungry in the library!

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