Imperial College has ordered Sport Imperial to suspend medic sporting activities at Teddington Sports Ground from 1st September 2014. There is no current plan for student sport at Teddington ever again, and no plan for review. Absolutely no consultation with the student body took place before this decision was made. The ICSMSU and ICU officers are fighting for the students views to be heard and meaningful consultation to take place.
This petition is here to help show the overwhelming support for continuing Imperial College Medics' sport at Teddington, the home of St Mary's sport since 1937, and to demonstrate outrage at the lack of consultation in yet another area so pivotal to the student experience.
This lack of consultation and disregard for student input on their own experience of university is in stark contrast to the comments made by the university after the Acton fiasco.
I quote our president in an email to the medical school, where he says: 'Such big decisions, that disrupt the history and traditions of our medical school, should not be made without the students being consulted.'
The old Chelsea and Westminster ground was sold off to Chelsea Football Club in a similar fashion, we can't let this happen to Teddington. The Teddington ground was a donation to the medical school in 1937 by Lord Beaverbrook, a great philanthropist. He donated it at the request of the Dean of the medical school at the time so that medical students would throughout the year have somewhere to play. Any change in usage pattern morally contradicts the spirit of the gift.
The new Heston grounds will be inaccessible for a lot of clinical students, who will have to choose between attending hospital placements or Wednesday sport. Despite this Sport Imperial still claim to"actively encouraging participation in physical activity across levels, leaving no doubt that this is the place to be to fulfill both your academic and sporting aspirations."
Please sign this petition to help support Medics' sport at Teddington, and follow our cause on twitter via #saveteddington
Also sign if you feel that this continued lack of consultation is worrying behaviour in a university that claims to care and listen to the experiences of its students.
More information available on twitter and here: http://felixonline.co.uk/news/4720/sport-imperial-to-suspend-sporting-activities-at-teddington/
Information on consultation is available on any Against Acton article, and #againstacton on twitter.
UPDATE: Both Unions united. Consultation on this kind of decision needed. They are fighting our cause. Still no information on future of Teddington ground. Still no plans for medic sport there next year. Proving extremely difficult for people to get information from Imperial.