Shruti16 October 2015 19:00
Sam16 October 2015 19:00
Should we have a 24 hour library?
Earlier this term the University approved a plan to implement year-round 24 hour opening of Hartley Library, starting on 2nd November 2015 until 5th June 2016. This was done without student consultation or consideration of student welfare. This is in response to the over-recruitment of new students which has led to a strain on University facilities including overcrowding in lectures and lack of available seating in the library.
We are taking a policy to Union Council on Monday 19th October 2015 which outlines the concerns we have. These concerns focus on 2 key areas: the lack of student consultation and the lack of concern or provision for student welfare.
What are our concerns?
- This plan does not properly consider the welfare or safety of students
- The move to extended opening hours has not properly considered the need for a healthy working lifestyle
- Sufficient cleaning of Hartley Library facilities will not be possible
- There is a lack of access to adequate food and drink facilities during the extended opening hours
- We need to run a Safety Bus service in order for students to get home safely; the University has not provided enough funding for this and they have not considered the logistics of running such a service
- We do not have sufficient knowledge of student opinion to take a stance at present
What are we proposing to do?
You can view the policy here that we are taking to Union Council. We propose:-
- Not to take a position on the University’s decision to extend Hartley Library opening times until adequate student consultation has taken place about the decision
- To continue to work with the University to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students
- To carry out student consultation in the form of a referendum
Why a referendum?
- This is an issue that affects all students: whether you are one of the students that uses Hartley Library or not, the £84,000 the University projects this trial will cost could be spent on something else, more important to you – you should be able to have your say on this
- We do not feel like we can represent your views on this issue without asking your opinion
- This is your chance to decide on what your Students’ Union does
- The consequences of the actions of the Union, which will be decided by your vote, could have a major impact on your student experience
This isn’t an attempt to block the 24 hour provision; we want proper consideration of the welfare concerns and the student voice. We do not feel confident taking a stance on this issue without carrying out student consultation. We want you to decide how we should go forward.
If you’d like more information or to have your say, come along to Union Council on Monday 19th October. Meet outside the Union building at 1745 to walk over to the Senate Room, B37 for 1800.