Langwith College Chair, Sam Maguire, has sent a letter to the Vice Chancellor demanding better heating in the College.
Students have recorded temperatures of sub-15 degrees Celsius. In the University Accommodation Contract for 2012/13, point 9.8 states ‘We will provide reasonably adequate heat to the radiators during the Period of Residence.’
The letter has been signed by members of the Langwith JCR and the University Student Union’s President, Welfare, Academic and Activities Officers.
Students are paying over £120 per week to live in Langwith. In the letter Maguire writes, “All students should be provided with enough heating that they should be able to go about their daily lives and study within the accommodation; the current situation is completely unacceptable. How are the college and the university going to improve on a community and academic level when we cannot even provide these students with proper heating?”
YUSU Welfare Officer, Bob Hughes told Nouse, “YUSU support Sam and the JCRC’s letter because the new Langwith build has been fraught with problems since day one, and we feel that it is now reaching the point where many students’ issues with their accommodation are reaching boiling point.
“This is an issue of basic standards of living, and students getting what they are paying for, and YUSU will continue to support Langwith JCRC’s efforts to provide the best, and most basic, services for their students.”
The JCRC and college welfare team intend to record temperatures to support their claims. The Vice Chancellor, Brian Cantor, has been sent quotes from the Langwith College Freshers Facebook page, and some of the photos.
One Langwith student commented on the Facebook page, “I recorded just under 11 degrees during the day a few weeks ago, but nobody from the University was interested. In a standard workplace, anything below 16 degrees is generally classed as unreasonable.”
Maguire writes, “but these are just a small sample of the complaints which have now been received. As you will have noticed from the snow outside, it is very cold at the moment; I therefore demand that immediate action is taken to resolve the problem.”