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The Portable Partitions Company has assisted universities and colleges, such as University of the West of England (UWE), to create the perfect conditions for their students when undertaking their examinations through the use of portable screens.

For UWE the challenge was to create the right space and acoustics within the University’s multi-use exhibition centre to accommodate around 1,500 students sitting various exams.



The building’s usual purpose being to host events and showcase work done by the students. The wide open space providing the perfect setting for large audiences or exhibitions. However, as every student knows, sitting an exam can be an extremely daunting, and for many an acutely anxious, experience. This is further exacerbated by poor exam venue conditions.

Dawn Stephens, UWE Central Examinations Manager commented, “Walking into the building, the space was a vast area that we felt would be extremely daunting for the students when about to sit an exam. It was with this in mind that we approached the Portable Partitions Company to help us create a more ‘friendlier’ environment.”


The Portable Partitions Company proposed to split the area into six separate sections seating up to 250 students each, using 70 of their acoustic screens allowing between 30-55% sound absorption within the space.

Alex Ayres, Managing Director of the Portable Partitions Company says, “The order from UWE is testament to the quality, flexibility and durability of our products. For this project we visited the university to determine the best layout and once agreed set up the system to ensure it met the brief. Though the specific purpose of the products were to create the perfect exam conditions, the screens have also been used to create flexible space solutions for exhibitions, seminars and other events taking place at the university throughout the year.”

Dawn continues, “We chose the Portable Partitions Company above other suppliers as their portable screens are great quality, extremely durable and flexible – ideal for our needs. We needed a system that we could erect and dismantle easily and that we knew when it was put into storage would be in perfect condition when used again.


Along with the many hundreds of the University’s graduates, the exam season was a great success for the Portable Partitions Company and its specialist expertise in delivering flexible space solutions.

Portable Partitions Company Room Dividers allow any space to be sectioned into separate areas or rooms to be set up instantly within an open plan office. Key benefits of the system include:

  • Really simple assembly
  • Ultimate flexibility – panels fold back when not in use
  • Sound absorbing yet light and completely portable
  • Provide privacy or security
  • A choice of six different heights and lengths
  • Compact storage – stored folded back making use of limited space
  • Made from 76% recycled material
  • Bespoke products can be produced to meet specific requirements
  • Standard products are available for purchase or hire.

“In addition, the team we dealt with were extremely helpful and personable at all times during the process, being happy to talk through the options and suggest solutions that would work for us. They truly were great to work with and we would definitely recommend the Portable Partitions Company to our peers.” Dawn Stephens, UWE Central Examinations Manager.

To find out more about our range of portable screens visit our online store now or get in touch with our sales team on 01684 298 833

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An objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) is a modern type of examination which is increasing being used by health science education organisations. And the Portable Partitions Company has gained invaluable expertise in this growing area of health education.

The OSCE  is designed to test a candidate’s clinical performance and competence in skills such as communication, clinical examination, medical procedures as well as the rapid evaluation and interpretation of results.

It is a hands-on, real-world approach to learning that keeps examinees engaged, allows them to understand the key factors that drive the medical decision-making process, and challenges them to be innovative and improve the efficiency of decision-making.

Sounds like the perfect means of assessing the next generation of medical professionals as they progress through their learning. But how can a multi faceted OSCE be facilitated in a real world setting without compromising the day to day operations of the NHS?

To help solve this King’s College London turned to the Portable Partitions Company to assist them in creating a real-world, if temporary, clinical environment within London’s Olympia exhibition hall venue.

And they are not the only medical school turning to our expertise and products to create the right OSCE environment. Warwick Medical School have also been using our acoustic portable screens to help create the right setting for their students to learn the essential clinical excellence they’ll need once qualified.


Using products such as our Room Divider 360 and Modular Wall, which benefit from acoustic absorption performance, the Portable Partitions Company have been installing temporary OSCE facilities since 2011 on a hire basis. Installations have varied from requirements of thirty to over two hundred units.

Operationally the challenge is to ensure the set up meets the exact requirements of the clinical assessment team and allows for the smooth flow of dozens of medical students as they move from one structured setting to the next.

“Its like a military operation” comments Portable Partitions Company Sales Director Alex Ayres. “We have to ensure the products are on site and set up to the exact specification the evening prior to the OSCE. The products need to offer privacy, sound absorption and enable flexible use of the space available. They also need to be quick to remove as the space required for the OSCE is often needed for other purposes immediately after, or the cost of renting the required space so expensive. Everything needs to be off site within a matter of hours so the area can revert back to its usual function.” 

Screenflex Freestanding product is the perfect portable screen solution for rapid installation and removal

The Portable Partitions Company offers a range of products, available for hire or purchase, which are perfect for this demanding requirement. To view our range of products and to obtain a hire quote visit our online hire shop now. Or if you are looking to purchase you can visit our store.