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July 26, 2005

Stay of execution for the restaurants

Writing about web page

Well it looks as though the Raffles and Westwood restaurants are due to stay open for the next year at least.

That's absolutely fantastic news! Well done everyone who expressed a view/sent an email/signed a petition etc – I'm pretty sure it must have been this collective ground swell that made a little bit of difference, even if it's only for the short term.

Thank you as well to Messrs Baldwin and Greatrix and the other 'user representatives' who met to discuss the future of the restaurants. We had the chance to air our views, and we were listened to and the management team seem to have made a decision that took the different perspectives on board. I think we are quite lucky to be in a university like this!

Okay, so the restaurants still have a long way to go to prove their economic viability and I sincerely hope that they won't be given impossible monthly targets to meet, but I do believe that it is a fresh start, so please folks, use them as much as possible from the Autumn!

Wishing y'all love n' peace (n' good grub!)

June 17, 2005

Fancy a cuppa?

Follow-up to Catering staff from Julie's blog

Just had to share this.

Remember this image from the Pulse staff survey marketing campaign?

<strong>Working here? Awesome!!</strong>

I loved this image at the time – I thought it was so powerful, but I shall look at it in a different light now!

Catering staff

The Westwood/Raffles debate has certainly evoked a great deal of response.

One other point which I think is very important that may have been overlooked in people's disappointment on losing their respective places to eat and meet – and that is the treatment of the staff who work there.

I think the catering staff are quite badly treated under normal circumstances and probably one of the lowest paid too. However, now moral is extremely low – they have been issued with redundancy notices and told they have to reapply for another 'possible' position within the university. I guess many feel so shocked, upset and badly treated that they wouldn't want to work here even if another position were available.

They don't even have the voice that we (the staff and students) have in email, blogs etc

My heart goes out to them.

June 15, 2005

An ode to Westwood – the forgotten campus

Old mother Westwood went to her cupboard
To fetch her poor staff a bone
When she got there
The restaurant was bare
And so the poor staff had none!

What is going on with Westwood? What has it done? Who has it upset? Has it been removed from the campus? Has it just been set free to roam as a little island off the Channel?

Yes, we have just found out that our beloved Westwood restaurant is about to close from next Friday! What?? Why?? Not viable?? What a lot of old tosh!! It's used quite a lot from what I can see. The staff are fantastic, the food is good and overall it's excellent value for money.

In our building the multimedia centre/ITS we don't have anywhere else to go to have lunch away from the desk and we don't even have a vending machine! The nearest one is in the restaurant but we can't get to it if the restaurant is closed! We are now told that we have to traipse all the way over to University House for something to eat – gee thanks – that's a good 10/15 min walk for us! You really wanna do that when it's hammering down like it was this lunch time.

Okay, so we do have a great little Costcutter that stocks a very small selection of sarnies but somehow I don't think this can expand to cater for everyone.

And, and, another thing! I have also just found out today that the shuttle bus laid on by the Sports Centre to ferry people to the sports centre has ceased running from now as well. This is a great service but one that hardly anyone knew about (the times were a bit rubbish and it hasn't been publicised too well) and this is probably through lack of demand as well. It might come back in September if we're lucky!

So there you go – can't eat, won't eat (and can't even get a bus to somewhere with food!)

God I needed tha tlittle rant – feels so good baby!

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