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15 minutes was never enough!

Another Big Academic Win for NUSU

Sarah Craggs (NUSU Welfare and Equality Officer) has been hard at work representing your interests at the Robinson Library. After hearing about and experiencing the 15 minute break rule it was clear to her that student’s welfare needs were not being met in the best way.

How did Sarah get the change?

At NUSU Student Council, a motion was passed to lobby the University into extending this 15 minutes, to 30 minutes and a policy which has been adopted and trailed in the study spaces in NUSU.

Throughout the January revision and exam period, we looked into whether the current 15 minute break is adequate within library study spaces across campus. The library operated with a policy that allowed you 15 minutes once you have left your desk, to return before your personal items are removed.

We understood that throughout the busy exam period, free space was limited, but we wanted to know whether 15 minutes was enough time for students to have an adequate break to eat, get fresh air, or for general stress relief.

Feedback and the results of polls were, overwhelmingly, in favour of a 30 minute break.

One student told us “The number of times I have disappeared of to the bathroom or to grab some food only to find one of those lovely little notes is mad. Not only that but don’t you think there’s an issue when it comes to anyone who can’t necessarily move fast enough from A to B before losing their place and their stuff?”

Results from the online poll (Is a 15 minute break in University libraries enough?)

  • 22.4 % (22 votes) - Yes
  • 77.6 % (76 votes) - No

Offline Poll:

Voting counters were located on the table with the S.O.S resources with the question:

‘Do you think 15 minutes is and adequate amount of time to have a break, get some fresh air or get something healthy to eat? Let us know if you would prefer 15 minutes or 30 minutes’

 

Date

15mins

30mins

12.1.18

28

132

15.1.18

17

142

16.1.18

13

142

17.1.18

13

139

19.1.18

10

112

22.1.18

11

113

26.1.18

5

105

 

The University has listened to your thoughts and from the 16 April the break time will be 30 minutes across all University library sites. Giving you 15 more minutes before your computer logs off and to give you a chance to take a decent break.

We think this small change will make a massive difference to your wellbeing and study time.

NUSU representing your academic interests.

 

 

 
 

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