Vice President Academic Affairs Sasha Watson has announced a new scheme to prevent students holding library spaces while away from their seat.
The idea, entitled the ‘Red Card Scheme’, will be trialled on level 4 of the Hartley library, and if a success the scheme could become permanent throughout the building.
On his SUSU blog, Sasha explains:
“If the staff believe a space has been left vacant for at least 30 minutes, they will place a red card on the seat and a notice from the library, signalling to anyone looking for a seat that they can freely take up the space, and push the belongings on the table to the back of the desk.”
The aim of the scheme is that there will be ‘greater recycling’ of seats, enabling more students to find a seat in the Library, while preventing those lucky enough to gain a seat from keeping it despite their absence from the space. So, the hope is that more seats will be in use at any one time.
However, it is still not yet clear how this scheme will be policed, as the staff patrols will, judging by previous behaviour, be a relatively new phenomenon. People will inevitably be unhappy with their seats being taken, so the trial will clearly have to make sure any complications with the idea are settled before any wider scale implementation can be considered.
This follows a trial of cold food and drinks being permitted on levels 1,2,3 of the Hartley library over the last year which has now become permanent.
Look out for signs on level 4 of the Hartley explaining how the system will work.
You can see VP Academic Affairs Sasha Watson’s full blog entry here: