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Issue 476, 4 February 2002

Staff survey went swimmingly

A campus swimming pool was the overwhelming winner in the recent staff survey into social and leisure provision, well-being, training and development.

Just under 35 percent of the 1,534 respondents put swimming at the top of their wishlist of sports facilities, and another 13 percent placed it second. Next most popular were gym and badminton facilities. Showers, a sauna/steam rooms and massage were the most popular choices for relaxation; and a coffee lounge, bar and quiet reading room were the top three rated entertainment and general facilities.

The response rate to the survey across the University was around 23 percent of staff; of those who responded, 37 percent were support and ancillary staff, 38 percent from academic-related and administrators and 19 percent academics (six percent were unassigned).

"Provision of a University swimming pool has been under consideration for many years," said Pro-Vice-Chancellor Dr Harry Lewis. "It's a prime concern for our working group on sports facilities, and we're considering ways in which it might be funded." Most respondents said they would use new facilities occasionally, with the exception of swimmers; around 850 staff said they would use a pool frequently or a great deal.

The future of the senior common room facilities is now under discussion by trade unions, SCR representatives, catering and human resources. Responses to the questionnaire on the issues of well-being and training and development will be published in due course.

The survey results will now be subject to a campus-wide debate, to be featured in forthcoming issues of the Reporter.

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All comments will be forwarded to Pro-Vice-Chancellor Harry Lewis.

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