Stop all fire drills university-wide during exams

Anonymous submitted on

Saturday 26th January 2019


At lunchtime on Wednesday 23 Jan, a fire drill was carried out in Building 16 - Third and Fourth year labs for ECS. Some people in there were revising for an exam that afternoon, only an hour or so later, and obviously did not need this disruption to last minute revision or added stress. Notably at least one student was on crutches, taking a significant period of time to get in and out!

Obviously, these drills need to be carried out - maybe just not during the exam period? 


Here, you can view the complete set of official responses from the sabbatical officers regarding this submission.

Students' Union replied on

Friday 1st Mar 2019 1:23pm

Hello again! 

Thanks again for this submission. Since Estates & Facilities have provided a response and there have been no further comments I'm going to close this submission for now. However I would urge any student that is impacted in a similar way in the future to get in touch with me on the details below. 

Thanks again for making this submission!

Best wishes, 

Samuel Dedman 

SUSU VP Education 2017-19,

Students' Union replied on

Friday 15th Feb 2019 2:00pm

Hello again, 

Apologies for marking this submission as complete - that was a mistake on my part! 

I'll leave it active for another week or so to let voting take place, as well as account for any further comments. 


Samuel Dedman

(SUSU VP Education 2017-19,

Students' Union replied on

Monday 4th Feb 2019 2:21pm

Hello again! 

I've just had the below response from Estates & Facilities regarding this particular incident:

Apologies if this has caused issue or concerns with running a fire drill during exam times – I was aware it was exam time and I can assure you that I had planned this over many weeks, working with the student teaching labs managers and Student Office Staff (exams).

I would not normally consider a drill during exam time  - The drill was overdue and delayed a few times after the new refurbishment and I was going to leave it until after exams but would then of missed a full lab of student (the people we are trying to have practice the evacuation). That week was the best time for Labs and there were no exams in local buildings at that time. I wanted to catch people before lunch, so 12:15 was picked.

With building 59 and 20 also completed, this now brings all ECS buildings inline and there will be no required planned fire drills until Oct 2019 for the new arrivals. This was also planned to close out outstanding actions for the Dean’s Faculty H&S report.

From a health & safety perspective these drills are incredibly important, but it is worth stressing that for the main exam rooms themselves all drills are suspended for the duration of the exam period. There is a bit of hesitation to suspend the drills entirely for health & safety reasons, but I'm happy to provide feedback on this question - just leave anything in the comments section below. 

I'm going to leave this submission live to allow voting and commenting to happen, but if you have any questions please let me know. 

All the best,

Samuel Dedman

(SUSU VP Education 2017-19,

Students' Union replied on

Friday 1st Feb 2019 1:35pm


Thanks for your submission to You Make Change. I'm going to send this straight over to both Estates & Facilities and the Examinations Team to see what their thoughts are, so expect a response in the coming weeks. 

Don't forget that your submission is now live for voting on over at the SUSU website, so please encourage people to come and have their say also. 

If you have any questions please let me know. 

All the best, 

Samuel Dedman

(SUSU VP Education 2017-19,


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    Friday 1st Feb 2019 1:19pm


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Alexander Petrov commented on

Thursday 14th Feb 2019 2:38pm

From what I can understand, having been given this feedback, Estates & Facilities should now be able to plan their drills sufficiently in advance so that they don't happen during exam times. Imagine having a fire drill in the library during exams? 

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