In the wake of the terrible tragedy at Grenfell Tower, we expect that there will be concerns about fire safety issues on campus, especially in relation to external cladding. Tthe following has been circulated by the University’s Central Management Group.
In the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, CMG was given reassurances about fire safety across the University estate and student residential accommodation. This included reassurances regarding the recent renovation work on the Appleton Tower, which had been completed to the highest health and safety standards with non-combustible materials; and fire safety in relation to the David Hume Tower, the Kennedy Tower and other large University buildings, which typically have various evacuation routes and evacuation is simultaneously implemented on the activation of the fire alarm. All licenced University student residences have automatic fire detection and typically use a system of full evacuation; there is regular staff training; and they are also subjected to regular licencing inspection which includes Fire Safety standards.
UCU Edinburgh branch committee would like to take this opportunity to clarify the situation in relation to the event taking place on campus on 6th February. The Future of Higher Education and UCU: UCU General Secretary Election Hustings is being held as one of four such events across Scotland over 6th-7th February.
For the avoidance of doubt, these have not been organised by UCU Edinburgh, UCU Scotland or UCU nationally and we are unable to answer any queries about them. Please address any questions you have to the event organisers.
Individuals and groupings within UCU are at liberty to organise independent events as they so choose. We do not seek to make any recommendations for or against.
The branch committee did discuss the possibility of holding a hustings but decided that, within available time and resources, this was not feasible. If you are interested in us doing this for future elections, please let us know. If you can volunteer to assist, even better.
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