“…the decision was made by senior management without full knowledge or consideration of our situation.”
As doctoral students from the School of Law, Politics and Sociology (LPS), it is critical to both our research and our well-being that we can work in a reasonable environment in which we can share ideas and discuss our research with our colleagues from other cognate fields.
For the last few years, we have put up with the Friston building, a temporary building situated within a car park on the outskirts of campus. We have put up with this because we were promised accommodation within the purpose-built new academic building (NAB) in the centre of campus.
The Freeman Centre is even further away than Friston from the heart of the campus, in which most of the other departments (History, International Relations, Migration Studies) with whom our research overlaps are located. Furthermore, crucial amenities (the library, the station, lecture theatres) would be even further out of reach were LPS to relocate to the Freeman Centre.
We remain unconvinced that the decision for LPS to spend a further year in Friston and then move to the Freeman Centre is in our best interests. We are concerned that the decision was made by senior management without full knowledge or consideration of our situation and without the opportunity to put forward our views on the matter. We are disappointed that our letter to the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar has gone unanswered