College Facilities and Resources
DGHE is housed in David Game College, 32-35 Jewry Street, EC3 and is a short walk from Aldgate and Tower Hill tube stations. In 2016/17 the premises underwent a major multi-million pound refurbishment and the Centre now benefits from a modern, well resourced, comfortable, state-of-the-art learning environment.
All classrooms are equipped with audio-visual equipment and comfortable seating with WiFi access available throughout the building. There is a learning resources centre, IT suite, tutorial rooms, 200 seat auditorium, break-out area and café serving hot and cold food and beverages. Students also benefit from an extensive range of online study materials available through the college’s virtual learning environment.
The DGHE Library is a dedicated study space where students can work on their assignments, send their work to print, and borrow learning resources. Both computers and desk space are provided to support learning in a comfortable environment. The library is open from 9:00-21:00 Monday to Friday and from 9:00-17:00 on Saturdays, ensuring that all students have opportunities to use the library’s resources. DGHE’s Librarian is available at the library desk five days a week to help students locate learning materials from the library collection, conduct research, and reference books and articles correctly in their assignments. Extensive guidance to library and learning resources is provided on the college’s online learning environment.
The library collection features an extensive range of items including books, magazines, and journal issues. The centre of the collection is the core textbooks and further reading. Our lecturers have selected a wide range of books that are tailored to the units they teach. Copies of these core texts are provided in proportion to student numbers for each course, ensuring all students have fair access to learning materials that will support their studies. Books can be borrowed for one week with automatic renewal when they are due back, allowing students to use the collection with confidence. If all borrowing copies of a given text are out of the library, students can place a reservation to ensure it is returned for them to collect. Reference copies of the library’s core collection provide students with access to a text when they drop in, allowing them to check textbooks for their assignments and make photocopies of key pages.
In addition to the physical collection, DGHE also works with our partner institutions to provide DGHE students with access to an extensive collection of online resources, including both ebooks and online journals.
IT Facilities & E-Learning
DGHE has its own servers that support Internet and web-based applications throughout the College. All students and staff have free access to the web through Wi-Fi and the College has an advanced filtering system that allows students to surf the web in a safe and secure manner. Students are allowed to bring their own tablets and laptops for independent study, but they must adhere to our IT and e-safety policy and respect teachers’ policies on the use of technology during lessons.
DGHE unique auditorium which seats up 200 people, is equipped with top-of-the-range technical facilities to support a whole range of events, from debates and lectures to conferences and media presentations.
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DGHE has invested in improving and utilising room spaces by creating a larger canteen area for our students. The DGHE canteen provides facilities for students to eat their own snacks or to buy hot and cold drinks. It is also the ideal place for students to take a break from their studies and relax.
David Game College is situated within the Sir John Cass’s Foundation building in the heart of the City of London, near to leading historic and modern landmarks such as Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the Bank of England, Lloyds of London, the Gherkin and numerous other skyscrapers. The sky line of the City of London has changed much over the last decade but David Game College’s current building is steeped in history. In 2017, David Game College moved from its location in Notting Hill to become the tenant of the Sir John Cass Building at 31 Jewry Street, EC3N 2ET in the heart of the City of London.
Sir John Cass’s Foundation is one of the most recognised and prestigious educational foundations in the UK. After significant investment, the building was brought back to life and now has excellent facilities that any modern college would be proud of. The move from Notting Hill to the City realised a transformation in the size and ambition of David Game College, but it also started a professional relationship between the Sir John Cass Foundation and David Game College. Founded by Sir John Cass in 1748, the current Foundation continues to support a wide range of educational establishments. The Foundation provides support to a number of schools in the area as well as the Cass Business School, one Europe’s leading business schools.
The current college is unique compared with other similar educational establishments – it has a large collection of contemporary paintings, including some very well regarded artists, such as Keith Grant, and Edward Stone that hang on the walls all over the college. This special feature brightens up the college and provides a visual feast for those who love art as they move around the college.
The foundation stone of the college building was laid in 1899 by the Bishop of London and the building designed by the award winning architect A.W. Cooksey. Lord Avebury officially opened the building on the 5th June 1902, with the statue of Sir John Cass displayed in a bay situated above the main entrance. A new wing of the building was opened by the Earl of Athlone on the 10th December 1934 (this part of the building is currently occupied by our University Foundation Programme and Higher Education Department).The building was originally designed for education and was first named as the Sir John Cass Institute and then in the 1950s renamed as the Sir John Cass College. It later became the City of London Polytechnic, which then became London Guildhall University. In 2002 the London Guildhall University, following a series of mergers became London Metropolitan University, which occupied the building until 2015; David Game College took over the tenancy in 2017.
Having been a university campus, David Game College has access to a large auditorium that takes up to 250 people and a small auditorium that takes 70 as well as over 80 large, high celling classrooms, providing a real sense of space and scholastic atmosphere. Owing to its design and various original features, the building is Grade II listed and comes under English Heritage protection and oversight. It was listed in 1972 for it special architectural and historic features such as its general design and its red brick and Portland stone structure and its brown glazed bricks that are a distinct feature on the lower part of the building.
At 58,000 sq ft the building has enough space for the college to realise its ambitions and provide students with a first rate educational experience. Some very interesting artefacts and features are present within the college as the building stands on the line of the Roman wall of Londinium, parts of which are present and protected in the basement of the college – the College magazine is called Londinium by association!
In addition to having parts of the Roman Wall, the College building also has a beautiful stained-glass window just near the main entrance that celebrates the heroic acts of those who fought and died in the First World War. This very noticeable and elegant feature is situated near the main entrance adjacent to the original staircase that takes you to Reception. Also, as you walk in the front entrance you immediately notice (because you step on it!) a tiled crest (Sir John’s own coat of arms), which depicts a grasping hand holding a fish. This image helps to remind all students to seize the opportunity, grasp the chance of new learning and appreciate new experiences. These are very much part of David Game College’s values. During 2016-17, the Principal, Mr David Game invested millions of pounds into the re-development of the building and brought it back to become a vibrant and modern educational establishment. It now has excellent facilities, including:
- Three new purpose-build university- style laboratories
- A spacious art room with excellent natural light
- A photography suite and dark room facilities
- Two state-of-art computer rooms
- A large study library
- Two large university-sized lecture auditoriums
- A large dance floor
- A purpose-built canteen
The College experiences a colourful and vibrant procession every year to celebrate the formal establishment of the Sir John Cass Foundation in 1748. Called Founder’s day, the very first procession took place in 1749 when the children of the area walked to the local church, St Botolph’s Aldgate, which still stands around the corner from the college. Members of the College’s senior management team follow the procession as its makes it way from the College towards the local Church, St Botolph-without-Aldgate and then onto Sir John Cass’s Primary School nearby. Dignitaries attending the procession typically include the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Dean of Cass Business School, and the Assistant Commissioner of the City of London Police as well as executives from Sir John Cass and local school children. The procession is preceded by the Foundation Beadle, who carriers an impressive silver Mace, as well as volunteer militia of the London Ward of Portsoken (originally formed in 1798 to ward off Napoleonic invasion) in their extremely colourful eighteenth century army uniforms and muskets, all to the beat of a military drum. This important historical spectacle is enjoyed by all students and is an important reminder of the history of the building and the Foundation.
There is little doubt that being in education is challenging and exciting. David Game College has witnessed a significant development in its mission and ambition in terms of what we can achieve in this wonderful building, replete with history and character. All departments, GCSE, A level, our University Foundation Programme and our rapidly expanding Higher Education Department feel a new sense of urgency, pride and passion for what they do and will continue to ensure that all students receive an exceptional academic and pastoral experience. We hope that you can become part of our success story and we welcome you in our building.