NOV 00] COVENTRY UNIVERSITY NEWS
University Says Sorry For Media Debacle
at Coventry University have apologised to media students for the
series of setbacks that have deprived them of crucial
than 350 performing arts, culture and media students threatened
to withhold their fees unless something is done to provide them
with computer, video, and photographic facilities at the Ellen
former Odeon cinema was due to be converted in time for the new
term at Coventry University, but fell behind schedule.
managers have responded to the threat of a fee strike by angry
of Corporate Affairs Cyrrhian Macrae said today:
hold our hands up to the fact that there have been a number of
problems associated with the Ellen Terry building.
an ideal world these would have been solved before the start
of term. But it’s not an ideal world and our problems
stemmed from the fact that one of our major contractors
working on mechanical services within the building went
bankrupt back in August.
this stage the university was irrevocably committed to the
move: staff were fully packaged and ready to relocate.”
Macrae said as soon as problems emerged a taskforce comprising
Estates and School representatives, chaired by the
Pro-Vice-Chancellor responsible for campus development was
set-up to arrange alternative teaching accommodation.
teaching programme has been prevented from taking place. Most
of the substitute space has been next door in the old library
building so students were not duly inconvenienced.
in addition, where specialist space was required for dance
students, who have hired spaces at Leasowes Avenue and
elsewhere on campus.”
said the courses have been re-arranged to fit in with the
availability of other specialist equipment, and said that
photographic studios and dark rooms are now available and the
video editing facilities are now in use.
areas – dance and public performance spaces will not be ready
until the end of November.
Macrae said that disabled students have not been barred from the
building, but those with mobility problems have to inform the
safety officer when they are on site so their safety can be
monitored. She added that refuges are now fully operational and
will be sign-posted today.
accept that things have not gone well as a direct result of
problems with a sub-contractor, which meant it as difficult
for us to gain lost ground and we apologise sincerely for
and students have coped very well with a situation that was
not ideal and we thank them for their forbearance.
is important, however, is to remember that before long we will
be in possession of some of the finest performing arts and
communication, culture and media facilities in the UK.”
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