Societies and Clubs are able to book rooms without charge through the Central Timetable Office (CTO), this is fantastic facility which supports these groups in organising activities.
However, this is only possible during the undergraduate term time, on weekends, or between the hours of 6pm and midnight Monday to Friday. Most societies/clubs are not currently able to book rooms outside of these times such as over the summer/Easter breaks or during the day in term time.
This university policy has a direct impact on when these groups can operate and discriminates against overseas, part time, mature and post graduate students as well as negatively affecting undergraduates who are about over the summer.
Many overseas students and postgraduates remain on campus outside of term time as do many undergraduates.
Many part time or mature students are unable to attend events outside of working hours as they have childcare or similar responsibilities.
I would like to suggest the SU campaign for the following changes:
1) Societies and Clubs should be able to book unused rooms over the holidays for their activities.
2) Societies and Clubs should be able to book unused rooms during the day where the activity is of an educational nature and will not disturb those in the nearby rooms.
Idea has been approved.
The idea will be taken to the next Students' Union Executive Meeting on Thursday.
VP Student Activities, VP Services and Communications and VP International will take this idea forward and liaise with the University.
Student feedback has been collected and we have requested to meet the university timetable manager. We are waiting for the university to set a suitable time/date to meet.
Student feedback has been collected and we have requested to meet the university timetable manager. Meeting is scheduled to be on 7/11/16.
As a result of a meeting with CTO it is now in the works that society room bookings flexibility will, in future, expand to possibly Wednesday afternoons and also outside undergrad term-time. Booking before 6pm term-time are being looked into but must be kept reserved for academic purposes.
We are looking at having Wednesday afternoons and weekends during holiday periods. The idea has become a society room booking issue and has been taken to the student experience committee. We are looking into finding more space and time, and also buildings and rooms that are not as used.
Theoretically, room bookings (due to the room booking policy) can’t be made on Wednesday afternoons or weekends/out of term. Even if there were cases in which booking was allowed, as a general rule, it cannot be done. The CTO have said that they must give priority to academic staff/usage whilst also keeping a number of rooms vacant if they are needed for such activity. VP Student Activities and VP International are trying to find ways to work around the policy or to get the CTO to outline clearly the pathway for socs/clubs to get rooms at the restricted times.
Paper has gone to the registrar to move forward the process of discussion on allowing clubs/societies some usage at the intended times.
VP Student Activities has previously met with CTO and the SU Societies department meet with them on a regular basis. For most of the year it has been possible for socieites to book rooms before 6pm, as long as they can justify the earlier booking time on the basis of engagement etc. They have also allowed bookings in the holidays in specific circumstances. The CTO team are also working on plans to introduce some flexibility over advance bookings next year. The SU Socieities department will discuss this idea further with CTO in their upcoming meetings.
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