NOV 00] COVENTRY UNIVERSITY NEWS
Cov Uni Media Students Up In Arms
at Coventry University are threatening to withhold course fees
over a lack of equipment and the state of the building in which
More than 350
students from the Culture, Communications and Media (CCM) course
are expected to sign a letter calling for immediate action by
the university bosses over the crisis in their department.
They say they
have not got a hope of completing their courses as computers,
video and photographic equipment have not yet been installed.
Staff are also
warning that they could lock up the building next week and
refuse to return as they believe it is unsafe.
The CCM course
was supposed to move to the Ellen Terry building in the
converted Odeon cinema for the start of the academic year.
But the work
was delayed then put back after the university ran into
financial difficulties when losses of £1 million were
discovered in the School of Engineering.
paperwork meant the university would not be able to claim a full
European grant for a project.
When the loss
was revealed, Vice Chancellor Mike Goldstein promised that
impending cuts would not affect students.
students are incensed that they have been denied facilities in
their new building. Their old home has been converted for use by
Fine Art and Automotive Design students.
Now all the
students, from all three years on the BA, are threatening to
withhold their course fees unless the equipment is installed. It
is rumoured that the university losses are larger than first
thought, and it cannot afford to buy the necessary items to
allow the students to complete core parts of their course.
say the university is in breach of contract. Many of the
students are from overseas and have to pay £7,000 a year for
and protest organiser Stephen Brookes said:
“This is a
very serious issue. We are going to send a letter signed by
everybody to the Dean of the School of Art and Design
demanding a meeting within 24 hours.
university offered radio and video training facilities, and
people started this course in the basis that the promise would
university is now in breach of contract. It looks as if they
are not going to be able to buy any equipment until June,
which is the end of the academic year.”
Union of Students is preparing to back the students should the
university not respond to the demands.
Mr Brookes, of
Maudslay Road, Chapelfields, who was awarded the MBE for his
work in setting up the Gulf Support Group for soldiers affected
by Gulf War syndrome, suffers from a spinal condition and relies
on a crutch.
He added that
the entire Ellen Terry Building has been declared unfit for use
by disabled students, with the exception of the reception area,
effectively barring him form lessons.
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