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When the sound of the fire alarm rings throughout the campus halls early in the morning, it’s almost to be expected that it will take a good ten or minutes for someone to saunter over. The security are lovely, but the issue is they cannot run from Lomas Street to North Road and vice versa, in a ,setter of moments, and that’s how long it should take for the alarm to be dealt with. I propose that nominated fire staff are readily available on all sites at all times, as there has been one occasion where nobody official knew the fire alarm was going off, and we were stood outside in the cold waiting. I had to call Accommodation services who made their way over promptly. If there was an actual fire, this would have meant that the building would’ve burned down, along with our stuff and anyone left inside. In two minutes, a fire can be life threatening. In 5, an entire residence could be engulfed in flames. We are expected to follow every single rule or get fined. It is important that we get the safety we pay to be here for.


Fire Safety and Fire Stewards in halls

This Idea for Change opened on 9 Jan 2019 and closed on 23 Jan 2019.

20 students voted on this Idea, giving a score of +31 (46).

  • 13 May 2019: A meeting has been scheduled with the Campaigns Developer, a member of the Advice and Representation Centre, the Head of Security and Estates and Factilities Campus Operations to discuss the safety concerns and put forward plans to improve student accommodation experience. This meeting will take place on 16 May 2019 and an update will follow. 
  • 11 Aug 2019: This Idea has been rolled-over into Create Change 2019/20. We will continue to work on this Idea in the next academic year.
    • Under the new scoring mechanic, the revised score for this Idea is 46.


Adam Southall
10:27am on 23 Jan 19 This Idea for Change has closed, but comments are still open for discussion on the progress of this Idea.
Edward Young
12:42pm on 10 Jan 19 To compound this issue there have been times when the alarm has gone off and it has taken someone either calling security or going to accommodation services to have them be informed. I feel however this is a symptom of a larger problem at the university. Security gates are slow, and often broken, issues with post, or accomodation result in being bounced around from group to group, person to person till it has been 3 to 4 weeks since you originally talked to someone and the timeframe for solving the problem has passed. Even getting something fixed takes an inordinate amount of time. Accommodation, and all that it entails, needs to be either separate from the university in all manners, including security and needs to be consolidated in to one organization, because otherwise you have this disparate group of organizations, trying to contact one another and pass on problems. When we as students have one direct point of contact, unless you want to remember 4 or 5 different phone numbers.
Chad Astbury
8:50pm on 9 Jan 19 Security and safety (including fire safety) are problems that I have personally raised on multiple occasions with the university. I am yet to see any real change. 2 members of security on at time is not enough to cover an entire "open" campus. On top of that, security can't be expected to support the fire safety procedures for the entire campus either. The whole system needs revamping and more funds put into campus safety - not more schemes and initiatives, simply just more people.
Joseph Moreton
1:20pm on 9 Jan 19 The Uni needs to hire more security staff in general