As you may know, Bristol SU is currently conducting a systems review to ensure students can get what they want from us as easily as possible. One of the re-occurring themes we are getting from students is in relation to regular room bookings in The Richmond Building.
This is a complex issue. We actually provide much more activity space than most other students' unions in the country. We offer over a dozen rooms and typically provide space for more than 1600 hours of student activity a month, however - demand always outstrips supply and requests for regular activity space for 2015-2016 exceeded Richmond Building capacity by around 35%. This equates to over 130 hours per week, or around 1550 hours per term.
There are some difficult decisions to be made. Should we give each student group the same number of hours or should we give those with more members more? Should those groups with external trainers be given precedence? Should we let people book for the whole year, term by term, or should we guarantee the same slot every week? What is most important to us is that we get this right for you so we are setting up a series of focus groups with students to seek your views.
There will be three separate focus groups, one on each of the following dates:
1) Thursday 28th January from 17:00-18:30
2) Friday 5th February from 17:00-18:30
3) Wednesday 10th February from 17:00-18:30
Register your interest for either session 1, 2 or 3 here. There are limited places so precedence will be given to society leaders and club captains but anyone unable to attend will also have the opportunity to contribute written feedback as part of the next stage of this consultation.
Our plan is to complete this consultation by March 2016 so that we are in a position to put a new, student-endorsed policy in place by September 2016.
Tom Phipps (Union Affairs Officer)