Answered By: Graeme Hawes
Last Updated: Feb 13, 2017     Views: 17

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With regard to chewing gum – I can confirm that we do permit chewing gum in Library spaces. 

Coffee in Martyrs Kirk – when we were planning the opening of Martyrs back in 2013, we did consult with PGR student representatives at the time who expressed the view that they didn’t feel it necessary to allow coffee or other hot drinks in the reading room.  They were happy that as long as there was a space within the building where coffee (and cold food) could be consumed which we allowed for in the foyer.

At the request of the Provost, there is currently an ongoing review of Martyrs Kirk operations which I expect to conclude within the next couple of months.  The review group includes both academic staff and research student representation and they have been considering a range of issues including the rules on food and drink.  I am aware that, whilst no official final recommendations have come from the group yet, their general view is that the rules on food and drink should not change.  This is primarily due to the proximity of the foyer in which food and drink can be consumed but also because of the cost of repairing any damage to furniture and fittings in the event of a spill.

As I say, the review group has not reached its final conclusions yet so I have passed on your comments to my senior Library colleague who is more directly involved in the review.  I would encourage you to pass your views on directly to either the Postgraduate Convenor (pgconvenor@st-andrews.ac.uk) or Director of Representation (dorep@st-andrews.ac.uk) both of whom act as student representatives on the group.

best wishes
Ewan McCubbin

Assistant Director (Public Services and Communications)
February 2017