March 04, 2005

Student / Staff


Rich and I have just been told off for the second time this year for using the staff kitchen (despite working for the University since the Summer)! Ok, we look like stereotypical students i.e we are both 22, but we weren't even asked whether we were students, we were just told:

"Students aren't allowed to use this kitchen"

I suppose with both of us wearing coats then you may assume that we are students, but then again, working on the ground floor of University House also means that you usually need to wear a coat whilst in work.

I know Kieran has had problems in the past, but does anyone else, or is it just Rich and I?

Has anyone got any solutions to the problem? (we can't get Uni. cards as we're still classed as temps)

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  1. So because we don't wear suits, are about 15 years younger than most people who work here, and don't slavishly carry staff cards (which we couldn't get even if we wanted to), of course we couldn't possibly work for the university…
    I bet PhD students who work in academic departments as personal tutors don't have this problem.

    Only in University House…

    04 Mar 2005, 14:44

  2. Yeah, Uni House, and Senate House in the past have this whole "Must wear suits" attitude. I hate the way people jump to conclusions like that, it's just plain rude.

    04 Mar 2005, 14:56

  3. Pei Jie

    Look at it in a positive way.You guys look young. (Take it as a compliment) If you didnt say you were 22 I would have thought you are 19 or 20. If explaining to those mean and rude people doesnt help then I think you should bring this matter up to someone at University House. Otherwise just ignore them. They are not worth getting upset about.

    04 Mar 2005, 19:40

  4. Are you long-term temps? You should be able to get staff cards if you're intending to be there for 2/3 months…

    Failing that, just get someone else to make the coffee!!


    04 Mar 2005, 20:10

  5. Unitemps working for the University can get staff cards, albeit ones with 'Fees', 'Casual Staff' or some other meaningless or insulting term printed on it. You need to take a letter from your manager to HR, possibly explaining why you need one too (getting into the building is always a good one to use :-).

    04 Mar 2005, 21:44

  6. maybe you could make some remark about pensioners or the war days. ask how much a blue rinse is these days? or if they could recommend a good home around here?

    though that probably wouldn't help matters!

    07 Mar 2005, 01:14

  7. Thanks Adair, we can always rely on you for helpful comments…

    07 Mar 2005, 09:48

  8. Do you get name badges? You could always try wearing them somewhere obvious?

    As it was I nearly got chucked out of staff house the other weekend -despite being in a "posh" coat and being 30+... Clearly I look way too dodgy.

    10 Mar 2005, 12:00

  9. Name badges – very good.

    Especially comedy ones.

    10 Mar 2005, 17:34

  10. Hero

    You should just say "Oh really!" and carrry on, when they say it again say 'Ok OK I'll tell them when they come in.

    10 Jun 2005, 09:23

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