Previously, the multifaith/prayer room had been open from 8am to 8pm.
However, for the last few months, the prayer room is now only open for a certain number of hours per day. The opening times are posted on the prayer room door and correspond with booked times for various faith groups.
The room is locked outside of the times booked. To
open the prayer room, designated volunteers request the key from security and
are responsible for ensuring the room is empty and locked after this time.
We feel this is a huge inconvenience, seeing as the
room must be opened 3-4 times each day, placing a difficulty upon students and affecting their well-being a great deal.
Some points below highlight why the current system is not feasible, and why this system is a huge burden upon students:
- People have lectures at different times, with many students unable to make the designated opening times
- The room needs to be booked regularly and managed, affecting the studies of those who open and close the room
- Approximately 200 students use the prayer room on a daily basis, many of whom find the prayer room locked at a time convenient to them
- Prayer forms an integral part of many individuals of various faith groups; such limited access can affect their university satisfaction.
We urge the university to restore the original opening times for students of all faiths to use as they need.
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