YUSU have outlined plans for a compromise on the University’s ban on posters around campus. The Student Development Assembly, which met on Tuesday, decided to back proposals from James Croydon, YUSU Student Activities Officer, for both short and long term solutions to the problem.
The short term proposals were approved by the University last week at the campus services meeting. These proposals focus on putting up nimlok boards in the busiest areas of the University campus including the James nucleus and the Physics Exhibition Centre. The library, Vanbrugh and Derwent are also to be used for these posters while positions for the new boards are still being decided for other colleges.
These boards are only to be used for societies and sport clubs and graduate companies will not be allowed to advertise using these.
YUSU are also working in conjunction with the University to achieve a long term solution to the problem. Croydon said he met with Claire Inman, Vanbrugh Facilities Manager, to discuss the idea of painting designated areas for posters on walls.
This will start next term and is to be repeated across all colleges once discussions with managers have taken place and the designated areas are agreed. These areas will not be covered and every poster is to have an expiry date to maximise available space.
In relation to the issue of fines for societies who break the rules on posters, Croydon said no fines had been given out yet and posters had just been removed.
Croydon also commented that the reasoning for the ban on posters had originated from much lower down in the university hierarchy than was originally believed.
He stated: “There has been a bit of a blame game going on. The issue actually began a lot lower down than we originally thought.”
YUSU has already begun to implement the short term proposals and will continue to do this throughout next week.