Saturday, 20 February 2010
Your views are important to us and I will read each and every survey that is returned by Connaught Hall residents. You can see from the minutes of Facilities Committee meetings (available online – http://facilities.connaught-hall.org.uk) that we do try to change things in light of the responses to this survey.
So please take the online survey at http://survey.connaught-hall.org.uk.
It is important that you tell us what we are doing well as well as what you think we could do better, so please do write your comments in the free text sections. Knowing what students like about the Hall helps me to argue the case for continuing those things next year (like keeping the bar open, allowing late parties, Christmas dinner, welcome events, not charging for overnight guests, allowing guests to sign in at any time of day or night, our “mediation” rather than “disciplinary” approach to many neighbour disputes, the hall website...).
If you like these things, tell us! If you don’t, then tell us how we could improve!
As I said, I will read every single one, so I will really appreciate it if you can spare five minutes to give us your feedback.
The closing date is 28 February.
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
I need to be sure this will not happen again. Evacuating in the middle of the night is obviously a huge inconvenience to the entire Hall community; but frequent false alarms can also engender a "boy who cried wolf" mentality, making this a serious safety issue.
Ideally, I want the person responsible to contact me and tell me what happened; we should be able to come to an arrangement.
It is in everyone's interests that we find out what happened as quickly as possible. If you know something about what happened contact me in confidence with any information.
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
If you don't have an application form (it should have been emailed to you), contact the Intercollegiate Halls Accommodation Bureau at email@example.com.
Places are strictly limited and must be allocated according to quotas set by the colleges of the University. It is very unusual for anyone to be offered a third year in Hall. Places will not be offered to residents who have not fully paid their Hall fees for term 1; nor will places usually be offered to residents with disciplinary warnings on file.
I can support applications from residents with significant medical or social reasons for wishing to stay for a second year, and those who have made a major positive contribution to the social and community life of the Hall. Please contact me well in advance if you would like to be considered for any of these categories, or if you intend to apply but you fall into one of the excluded groups in the paragraph above: you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or attend one of my open office sessions.
During the last few years I have experimented with a means of dispute resolution in these cases called mediation-arbitration. In most cases we have managed to come to a satisfactory conclusion for both parties to the dispute. I just published an information sheet about this process (click here to view). Contact me or one of the Senior Members if you think a meeting like this would be useful in solving any disputes between you and other Hall residents.
Tuesday 2 February: 13.00 – 13.45
Saturday 6 February: 17.30 – 18.15
Thursday 18 February: 21.00 – 22.00
These are open sessions in the Warden’s Office on the ground floor. You can drop in without an appointment to discuss anything that is concerning you. If the office door is closed, please wait in reception until the door is opened.
You can make an appointment to see me at a different time by email (email@example.com) or at http://warden.connaught-hall.org.uk.
The last two parties have left rather more mess and caused more disruption in the rest of the Hall than I would expect. The next party will be on 12 February (for Valentine's Day). The bar will close at 1.30 instead of 2.00, and I should like everyone to bear in mind:
- Parties are held in the bar only; residents in the rest of the building who do not wish to attend the party should be able to study or sleep if they want to.
- Only alcoholic drinks purchased at the bar may be consumed in the bar, Bell room, and garden.
- All guests must be met at reception and signed in by a resident. Residents may be held responsible for their guests' behaviour.
- The party ends at closing time (usually 2.00). Those who want to continue partying after that need to go out to another venue. Student rooms, the common rooms, and the steps outside the front of the building may not be used for after-parties. The Hall should be as quiet as any other night by 2.20.
I have published new guidance for bar staff and DJs for the Valentine's party:
- The Licensing Act 2003 - a guide for bar staff
- Instructions for bar staff at late parties
- Instructions for DJs at late parties
I will review how parties are organised, the hours at which they are allowed, and how frequently parties may be held, after the Valentines' party. Please help keep mess and noise to a minimum so that I do not have to place restrictions on future parties.