Wonderful question! I believe consistency is key for successful engagement, so by designating these spaces students can easily know where to go, and when, to engage in their favourite clubs and socs! A lot of society events take place past 6 pm, after the majority of teaching has finished and the majority of teaching staff goes home, this frees up a significant number of rooms for society use! By talking to clubs and socs to identify the best spaces for them, I propose block booking the rooms before the academic year starts, and centralising the booking system to minimise overlap, increasing overall engagement. The dream would be having these rooms close by to each other so that if a student finds themselves on campus around 6 and wants something to do they know where to stop by to see whats going on! I also plan to make Monte & Glen bars more accessible, and used more regularly for society events. Whether this means adding safety buses from these events or updating the spaces to meet society needs, these spaces aren't used as often as they could be. The introduction of an interactive map, similar to the computer map already in place, of the rooms on campus would show what rooms are free, and what events are happening if societies choose to publish this information. And finally, an audit of all the union owned spaces would give a much clearer picture as to what is available to students, as well as approaching the university for a detailed listing of available and unused space that could become student spaces. There are a lot of options for student group spaces, some of which none of us know about, therefore theres no need to take away from study spaces or the like!
This question was also only asked to Fleur ElizabethAnswered by Fleur Elizabeth on 16/02/18 18:10