- Strongly Agree
- Strongly Disagree
- Don't Know
Typically at 17:00, to quote a friend, "The SU is like Alcatraz". This is particularly frustrating when events are running in the SU or large amounts of equipment need to be taken in or out. If events are running, to lock up the doors directly opposite the library entrance and the doors that take you from the SU reception into the Social Space is plainly ridiculous and serves only to cause problems for all of those who work very hard to run these events.
In recent months, we have held society meetings where - despite still being in the SU - these doors have been locked and the shutters have been closed. As a result, these meetings always get a very low attendance and many people have said that they believed that these meetings had been cancelled as the SU was closed.
At a live music event in December scheduled to finish at midnight, our bassist quickly left at 22:00 to walk his girlfriend out of the university, only for the SU to be locked up while he was gone, taking him almost half an hour to finally be let back in. Although we were unaware at the time, all of our attendees were locked inside also. When we finished the event an hour early at 23:00, we found ourselves once again locked in - despite our bassist speaking with security. A large number of people being locked in the SU not only massively inconvenienced us but we would all hate to think what would have happened if a fire had broken out. It should also be said that on this occasion, with the main entrance to the SU being locked up before the event had even started, many of those who wanted to attend believed that it had been cancelled.
On Friday 8th February at around 18:00, we had to carry a full drum kit, 4 guitars, two amplifiers and loads of other equipment all through and around the courtyard instead of directly out of the SU because it had been locked up already by 18:00! As there were only 3 of us to carry this, this also meant leaving valuable equipment unattended whilst we carried what could from The SU through the courtyard.
It seems very clear that students can't use the SU how they should and that closing it at these times significantly impacts the work of students who try to make good use of the place, not to mention leads to very poor attendance of society events or SU events. If any meetings or events are scheduled, the SU should remain open as normal - shutters up, main entrance to the SU open, everything.