dining facilities in the Senior Common Room are to be
replaced by a café-bar offering a bistro-style
service, following a vote by Senate on staff catering
decision effectively ends the provision of a separate
coffee lounge on level nine, although it is planned to
move reading room facilities to level ten. Widespread
consultation will now be held over new social facilities
for all staff, and over the deployment of space released
on level ten.
SCR dining-room is projected to lose around £50,000 in
the current financial year, Senate was told, in spite
of a relaunch and price review in 1999. Major investment
in the region of £260,000 over the next five years
was also needed to bring the facilities into line
with current legislation and customer expectations.
staff costs and other factors are taken into account,
the SCR dining-room is projected to cost the University
around £568,000 over the next ten years.
that, the development of a café-bar on level nine
currently housing the bar, coffee bar and SCR reading
room would require less extensive capital works,
at a cost of some £194,000. On current projections, the
new facility would be running at a small surplus by 2006,
with a total outlay over the decade of £220,000
under half that of the dining-room.
works will take place over the summer holiday, with the
new café-bar opening by the start of the next session.
The new facility will serve lighter, cheaper and quicker
meals, although substantial meals will also be available.
New procedures for handling student appeals against taught
course assessments and on cases of cheating and
plagiarism were agreed. For the first time, candidates
will receive reasoned judgements. See the Reporter website
for more information.
Further consultation with resource centres is to be carried
out over proposals for a new formula for allocating library
expenditure between subjects.