As the country continues to battle the extreme weather, Winchester School of Art are working hard to keep the student disruption to a minimum.

 

Ed D’Souza, Acting Head of School Winchester School of Art explains, “there has been a great effort across the School and University as soon as it became apparent that there might be a flood risk to the School something which hasn’t happened for 14 years.”

 

VP Communities, Oli Coles added:

“It’s obviously a massive inconvenience that there has been flooding, however it’s great that the WSA Café is still open, and SUSU’s always here for any support that students need.”

 

The University Estates, Health and Safety and School have worked together to protect the West Side building, which was at immediate risk, by closing it down to make the ground floor safe. This involved moving camera, computer equipment to higher ground in the building and ensuring the gallery work and students work was protected.

Power was switched off throughout the building as a precaution and the building sandbagged to help stop water from entering the building.

 

WSA have also been working with Student Administration to ensure that they re-timetabled all teaching from West side either off-site in Winchester (the Guildhall) and into spaces in East Side and the Graphics building.

 

“This has been a mammoth task completed very quickly to make sure disruption to teaching was minimal and this has been successful. A combination of Admin, Finance, Isolutions and academics working together have meant this has been a smooth and efficient process.”

 

Monitoring meetings with estates and work with the environment agency has enabled WSA to protect the East side with a sandbagged wall at key sites. This has ensured water has been kept at bay and allowed them to move the teaching of 150 practice based students into East side from West side by programmes like Graphic Arts and Fine Arts sharing and consolidating their studio spaces.

 

“The School, University and local environmental services will continue to monitor and plan to keep the School running and to protect our buildings and safety of staff and students on site but we are all looking forward to getting the site back to normal.”

 

To address the issues with Library access and certain equipment WSA will be giving students extensions for key modules and will be taking agreed changes where needed to assessments to make sure students are not disadvantaged by the effect on the School of the flooding.

 

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