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Sunday, 15 February 2015

How the Warden's time is used - February update

I can only say that my previous post did not have the desired effect, and an updated view of how I have been spending my time this term so far looks like this:

This is not what I enjoy about my role as Warden. Residents this year have not seen me working with them at social events and community building because all my time has been tied up with disciplinary issues. I am sorry this has been the case and once again, would like to ask everyone to help me. The Hall community as a whole this year could be getting much better value for money out of the service I can provide!

  • Help me rebuild a positive Hall community. 
  • Contribute to our events.
  • Help us work out what activities you want organised in Hall, and work with us to organise them.
  • Talk to your neighbours. Find out if there is anything you can do to make their time in Hall better. Have you been doing anything that annoyed them all last term? Tell them if you need their help with anything.
  • Use our Hall bar. It's a valuable social space, but it won't survive without your custom and support. Don't drink your own alcohol in the bar, Bell room, or garden.
  • Only smoke in the designated smoking area (in the garden), or on the pavement outside, well away from the main entrance.
  • Keep quiet after 11pm.
  • Don't go out onto balconies on the first floor.
  • Be respectful of everyone around you. Remember our positive diversity message:
This is a safe space for everyone. Please join us in respecting and celebrating all our residents, staff, and guests, of every age, race, religion, sexuality, nationality, disability, and gender identity.

Finally, let me draw your attention to our goals & values statement. Help us work with you to deliver these for you.
We aim to provide a secure, supportive, and friendly environment in which our residents can study and socialise.

We hope that all our residents will call Connaught Hall “home”, and take many positive memories and good friends with them when they leave.
By encouraging our residents to participate in and contribute to the Hall community, we hope that they will learn to be self-directed and self-disciplined in their behaviour.
We aim to promote a spirit of neighbourliness and togetherness in our Hall community: an attitude that we can all take with us when we move on to other, wider neighbourhoods and communities.
The needs of our residents, within the necessary limitations of good order, finance, and safety, take priority over other considerations at all times. 
We endeavour to help residents wherever we can. If we can reasonably say “yes” within the rules, we will not say “no”. 
We always strive to act fairly, honestly, and transparently. 
We deal with any problems sensitively and confidentially.
We do not tolerate personal harassment, nor discrimination against anyone because of their age, race, religion, national origin, gender, disability, or sexual orientation.