Better support for undergraduate students with late exams

Anonymous submitted on

Wednesday 25th July 2018


Medics don’t seem to have the support that other undergraduates do when we have to stay longer to finish our exams. All the university buildings are running on reduced hours and on the weekend Hartley doesn’t open till 9 which isn’t helpful for people trying to cram three years of their course into one revision week. All shops are shut on weekends and running on really reduced hours in the week. The coffee machine also accepts cash only. I think it would be fairer if facilities were opened or at least get a coffee machine that takes card!


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

Students' Union replied on

Friday 23rd Nov 2018 1:13pm

Hello again, 

Apologies that is has been a while. The good news is that work to extend opening hours is ongoing, particularly with regards to the Library sites and the new Centenary Student Learning Centre. This is likely to take a bit of time, and as such I'm going to close this You Make Change submission with the intention of re-opening it should anything come up. Keep an eye out for updates in the future, however, and thanks again for making the submission!

All the best,

Samuel Dedman (VP Education 2017-19,

Students' Union replied on

Friday 27th Jul 2018 4:57pm

Hi there!

As Sam as stated in his response, opening hours of our facilities is something which has cropped up quite a few times already in my role and as such is something I'm already working on addressing.

Specifically in terms of opening hours of the shop, I have been having a conversation with our Union Services team. The reason for the reduced hours during Summer is that previously there has not been enough demand for this service. However, it has been suggested that we could have a small pop-up stand with sandwiches, milk and other essentials, perhaps even stationary, in the Stags for times when the shop is shut so that students can still grab some essentials.

If there was enough uptake for of students using this and it could be shown that there was enough student demand then that could provide the driving force for the opening hours of the shop and other outlets to be extended on a more permanant basis.

As Sam has said, please feel free to share this with your friends. The more involvement students that get involved, the more of a driving force this provides for change!

If you would like to discuss this further or have any other questions or queries, please feel free to drop me an email to

Many thanks!

Emily Harrison, VP Student Communities 2018/19


Students' Union replied on

Friday 27th Jul 2018 2:05pm


Thanks for getting in touch. Your You Make Change actually covers a few different elements, and as such it's going to be answered by a few different Sabbatical Officers. I'm going to focus on the Library element, as I've been working fairly closely with them over the past year on a couple of initatives. This included opening hours for Medical students, based on feedback which the last MedSoc Committee and Medicine Faculty Officer recieved. Feedback last year suggested that students wanted later opening, and as such this year opening hours were extended to midnight for an extra four weeks to cover the 3rd Year Medic exams. Earlier opening has come up as a suggestion this year, and while it is too late to do anything this year the Library have confirmed to me that they will factor it into their planning next year. I'll make sure that your comments about weekend opening are passed on as well, and will be back with an update should I have any news. 

Your comments about the availability of facilities over the summer period are useful, and actually link up quite nicely with some work that Emily Dawes (Union President) and Emily Harrison (VP Student Communities) are already working on. I'll leave them to update you on how it is going!

Your You Make Change is now live on the SUSU website and can be voted upon, so please feel free to share it with your friends. The more input, the better! 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with me on 

All the best,

Samuel Dedman (VP Education 2017-19) 


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