YUSU and the University have announced that Derwent Bar will remain open from Tuesdays to Saturdays for the start of next term.
In a joint press release the Union and University have this evening announced that following consultation with Pro Vice-Chancellor for Students Jane Grenville, Commercial Services, Facilities Management and the Derwent JCR the bar will remain open for at least the first five weeks of the autumn term.
The bar will remain open from Tuesdays to Saturdays inclusive following a proposal made by YUSU yesterday. Representatives of the Derwent JCR were present at the meeting alongside University and Union officials. The bar will trade for an initial five weeks, after which a review of the performance will determine the future of the venue.
The University announced the closure of the bar last week after it was revealed that it had made a loss over the last academic year. Following the announcement there were complaints that there had been very little consultation with the Derwent JCR over the future of it’s bar, and YUSU Democracy and Services Officer Lewis Bretts proposed that the Union intervene and run the bar for the first five weeks of the term.
Despite Bretts proposal it will be Commercial Services who continue to run the bar for the five week review period.
YUSU has also promised to work with the University and the JCR to ensure a program of events to encourage renewed patronage of the bar.
Speaking on the decision, Bretts commented “I am delighted by this result and hope that it ushers in a new spirit of collaboration between YUSU and commercial services. I look forward to seeing new students making use of it when they arrive.”