Security have just advised me of a change to the access arrangements to the 10 West building which might affect you if you plan to use the Graduate Commons on levels 4 or 5 late at night.
Basically the access control equipment on the outside entrance doors to 10 West building is still not yet fully operational. This means that, for the time being, the building can only be accessed during the hours when it is unlocked. The building will routinely be open between 5am and 11pm Monday – Friday. Outside of these hours Security will secure all entrance and exit points and the building will be alarmed. It is therefore no longer possible to remain in the building after 11pm.
If you experience any problems the best recourse is to contact Security:
Wessex House 2.20
At weekends the building will generally be locked but Security will be happy to open it for you on request.
For those of you that have not yet discovered it the new Graduate Commons is a brand new dedicated space for postgraduate students in all disciplines. It includes a variety of individual and group workspaces across nine rooms on levels four and five of 10 West. At present the area is still on a soft opening so permanent opening hours and access arrangements have not yet been determined. Doctoral and other postgraduate students are however, welcome to use it and library cards should already be programmed to allow access to these areas. Do take the opportunity to make use of the new facility and let us know what you think. You will probably notice that it is currently quite plain and sparsely furnished. This is deliberate so that we can take feedback about how to best use the various spaces and what additional furniture would best suit users' needs. More furniture will be on order soon! And it would be great to hear any ideas you have about how we can improve the functionality and appearance of the space.
If you have any ideas or comments please do let me know, either by email or by leaving me a note on the board at the entrance to the large Grad Commons room on Level 5. Or just pop in and see me in 10W 4:47 to let me know what you think.