December 9 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 27, 2013
Members of the public have been barred from the UEA’s four bars other than for gigs following a spate of incidents involving people from outside the university.
A spokesman for the Union of UEA Students said the decision to limit entry to its licensed premises was made after students were burgled, had their bikes stolen, or were assaulted by members of the public.
The union hopes the new rules will make students feel that the bars are theirs and the safest places to socialise.
UEA students will still be allowed to bring two guests to the bars at the LCR and the pub, and students from other universities will be allowed entry, but without guests.
Former UEA students will also still be allowed to bring a guest, if they have proof of ID, and the change will have no impact on access to the gigs as tickets holders will be welcome to use the campus services.
But people living nearby without a legitimate reason to be on campus undertaking university business or activity will be barred from using the licensed premises
A spokesman for the Union of UEA Students said: “This is the first of a number of policies that may be introduced to make our services feel more accessible to our members and those with a legitimate reason to be on campus.
“The union has worked closely with university management and Norfolk police to review the way it manages access to our licensed premises.
“We pride ourselves on operating safe licensed premises and developing positive relations with students, staff and the local community.
“We hope these changes will further contribute to the outstanding student experience at UEA and help maintain a safe campus with a greater sense of community.”
Rosie Rawle, Union of UEA Students communications officer, added: “As a student charity, we are committed to ensuring the wellbeing of our members, and look forward to providing a safer and student-focussed environment in our licensed premises.”
UEA registrar and secretary Brian Summers said: “We welcome the student union’s decision to review the access to its licensed premises. We are committed to putting the safety of all members of the university community first, and this underlines our efforts to make UEA a safe and enjoyable campus.”