Answered By: Graeme Hawes Last Updated: Apr 14, 2017 Views: 110
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This continues to be a hot topic. We ran a campaign in the Main Library last year which unfortunately had little practical effect on seat hogging although it did promote awareness of the issue. When we consult with students, opinion is polarised between those who feel as you do and students who feel we should take no action because they are merely doing what they need to in order to secure study space. We continue to work with colleagues across the University to raise awareness of alternative study spaces in the short term ahead of the planned redevelopment of Level 1 of the Main Library in 2019.
As you note we are currently running a trial at St Mary's College Library where staff actually move possessions which have been left on desks for more than 30 minutes. However this has already generated mixed feedback and in any event it would be very challenging to scale up to the Main Library. I do appreciate and share your frustration but my own feeling is that we would want clear evidence of support from the majority of students before intervening more directly. In the meantime we will continue to engage with students and listen carefully to all feedback and suggestions.
Please do not hesitate to get back in touch if I can be of any further assistance.