Maintain Postgrad Coffee and Cake since it is the highlight of my otherwise mundane week

James Dibden submitted on

Wednesday 7th June 2017


The Postgrad Coffee and Cake mornings have been an essential part of my experience as a postgraduate here at Southampton. It has allowed me and other PhD students to break up the monotonous slog of working in the lab by socialising with other postgraduates around campus. I feel that removing this weekly event without discussing its importance with the postgraduate community will ultimately reflect itself in reviews of the student union and The National Student Survey. I would be happy to discuss this further with the committee in charge over a cup of coffee and a cake.


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Students' Union replied on

Tuesday 20th Jun 2017 10:24am

Hi James,

Thanks for your message. 

I understand your frustration in the cancelling of Cake and Coffee, and please be assured that this was not a decision that was taken lightly. Many factors came into making the decision, but the most significant was the fact that putting on Cake and Coffee weekly was costing £12,000 a year, and reaching between 80 and 90 students each week. To spend that amount of money on an event that reached approximately 2% of the Postgraduate population at the University of Southampton was not an effective use of the events budget, and ignored anyone studying outside of Highfield. 

As a result, we've been planning a series of events for over the summer and the next academic year, including:

  • Power Teas on all campuses, and other buildings on Highfield campus (so let us know if you'd like us to come to your building!) 
  • BBQs
  • Quizzes
  • You Are More Than Your Thesis (on all campuses)
  • Christmas Ball

We're planning on holding Meet and Mingle events at the beginning of each semester to allow any newly arrived postgrads to meet other postgrads from outside their departments. By ending cake and coffee, we're also able to open up the events budget to Postgraduate societies to help them run events too!

We want to make sure that the events the Union puts on for Postgraduates are accessible for all, and freeing up this money means we can put on a range of events that appeal to students from all campuses!

Flora Noble, Vice-President Student Communities (on behalf of Postgraduate Committee) 


  • Forwarded to Student Communities

    Friday 9th Jun 2017 1:18pm


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