central rooms and their use by student groups
central rooms and their use by student groups
Central Teaching Rooms
and their use by
(this briefing does not cover Queen’s Campus)
What is a centrally bookable room?
A room that does not belong to a department but is controlled from a central
point for all to use;
It is maintained by central funds, not by a department;
It, most probably, is situated within an academic department’s building but is
not their responsibility for booking or upkeep;
There are 86 rooms currently categorised as centrally bookable;
These rooms are located within the following zones:
– Elvet Hill (11 rooms);
– Elvet Riverside (28 rooms);
– School of Education/Caedmon Hall (3 rooms);
– Old Elvet (2 rooms)
– Palace Green (4 rooms);
– Science Site (29 rooms);
– Palatine Centre (9 rooms);
Which rooms can be used?
There are 3 sites within Durham that are available for student
groups to use:
1. Elvet Riverside: ER140, ER141, ER142, ER143, ER144,
ER145, ER146, ER147, ER148, ER149, ER152, ER153, ER154,
ER155, ER157, ER201, ER202, ER203, ER204, ER205, ER206,
ER207, ER227, A77 and A78;
2. Palace Green: PG20 and PG21;
3. Science Site: CG218, CG60, CG83, CG85, CG91, CG93,
CM101, CM105, CM107, CM219, CM221 and W103.
Who is allowed to book rooms?
Must be a student group not a group of students
Groups/Societies must be affiliated to one of the following in order to be
eligible to book a room:
Durham Students’ Union
Durham Students’ Theatre
Team Durham (DUAU)
What information is needed to book a room?
The full name of the group (no abbreviations);
Timings (start AND finish);
Maximum group size;
Reason for the booking;
The name of any guest speaker(s).
When can rooms be booked?
During the normal academic teaching year, October to May (before the
examination period), the rooms can be booked as follows:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays = 6:30pm – 9:45pm
Wednesdays = 1:00pm – 9:45pm
Saturdays = 9:00am – 9:45pm
After the examination period:
Monday to Saturday = 9:00am – 9:45pm
CENTRAL ROOMS ARE NOT AVAILABLE ON SUNDAYS!
BUILDINGS MUST BE LOCKED BY 10:00pm
Student groups are not able to book rooms in Elvet Riverside or Palace
Green during the Examination Period.
How to book a room
http://www.dur.ac.uk/student.registry/ select “Room Booking”;
E-mail ‘[email protected]’ with the subject “Student
Society Room Booking”.
Confirmation will be sent, with a copy of the “Conditions of Hire”, by
Booking requests should be submitted at least 24 hours (one
working day) before the room is required. (If special guests are to
be in attendance, then as much notice as possible is to be given, the
University reserves the right to have extra measures in place for the
THE UNIVERSITY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ANY
“When booking a venue for an event in University or College facilities or
when arranging an event or election under the auspices of DSU, DUAU,
DUS, a JCR or other student bodies, individuals will be required to sign
an agreement to the effect that:
(a) They have read the Code of Practice and agree to observe it; and
(b) They, on behalf of all students involved with publicity for the event,
undertake to display material only in the approved manner and to
subsequently clear it away; and
(c) If they fail to comply with the Code of Practice, or if any of their
promotional material has to subsequently be cleared as litter, they
personally will be required to meet the cost of the University arranging
to clear their material which has become litter, or to pay a fine of not
more than £50 (or other such figure as Council may from time to time
IMPORTANT NOTE: IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PERSON
SUBMITTING THE REQUEST TO ENSURE THAT THEIR GROUP
ADHERES TO THE REGULATIONS.
What audiovisual equipment can be found
in the rooms?
A list of rooms with audiovisual equipment can be found on the CIS
(If you are unsure about using the equipment, contact the CIS and they
will arrange to carry out familiarisation training for that particular
Conditions of Rooms
• Rooms are to be left free of litter. Furniture, if moved, is to be
replaced to it’s proper teaching position;
• Desks/chairs are not to be stacked outside in the corridors. Nor
are they to be moved between classrooms;
• All wiring for the audiovisual equipment should not be touched.
Only trained designated technicians are to alter/remove the cables;
• Food/drink is not allowed in any centrally controlled teaching room
(flat classroom or lecture theatre).
The University of Durham operates a “3 Strike” policy for any
infringement of the “Conditions of Hire” and “Health & Safety Policy”;
The Third Warning is issued with a statement informing the group
that they are no longer eligible to use centrally controlled teaching
rooms, or to have rooms booked on their behalf, for the remainder of
that academic year and the next full academic year;
The consumption of alcohol in teaching rooms is strictly prohibited.
If caught, the group will receive an instant ban as if a Third Warning
It is important to note that even if you do not use the room but keep
the booking and something happens then you will be held
Where can promotional material be placed?
• The display of such material on University premises is limited to the
following locations:(a) noticeboards within Colleges (Head of House);
(b) noticeboards within Departments (Head of Department);
(c) noticeboards within other central facilities, including:
- Elvet Riverside (House Committee)
- the Library (Librarian)
- the Computing and Information Service (Director)
- the University Office (Registrar)
- the Assembly Rooms (Director of Estates & Buildings)
- the Graham Sports Centre (Dean of Experience Durham)
- locations within Dunelm House (DSU).
Where can promotional material “not be”
Under no circumstances is promotional material to be attached in any way
paths, pavements and roadways
fences, gates or handrails
trees or plants
fire alarms, fire notices, or fire equipment
any light fitting or other electrical equipment.
RESPECT AT WORK AND STUDY:
POLICY, CODE OF PRACTICE AND PROCEDURES
FOR STAFF AND STUDENTS TO MAKE A COMPLAINT ABOUT HARASSMENT
Personal harassment is difficult to define in terms of acceptable or unacceptable
behaviour. It is important to understand that even behaviour which is not intended to
cause offence or distress may do so. Differences of attitude or culture and the
misinterpretation of social signals can mean that what seems like harassment to one
person may not seem so to another. The defining features, however, are that the
behaviour is offensive, hostile or intimidating to the recipient and would be regarded as
harassment by any reasonable person. It may consist of behaviour taking place over a
period of time or a single incident, but in all cases it involves an unwanted, unwelcome or
uninvited act which makes the recipient feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, humiliated,
unsafe or frightened.
Bullying may be defined as offensive, abusive, intimidating, malicious or insulting
behaviour and abuse of power which makes the recipient feel upset, threatened,
humiliated or vulnerable. As with all forms of harassment, it is the impact on the individual
and not the intention of the perpetrator which determines whether bullying has occurred.
Bullying is most commonly associated with an abuse of power, most typically by a
manager in an employment relationship or Lecturer/tutor in a staff/student relationship
(see also guidelines on consensual relationships). However, other power relationships
may equally lead to bullying by colleagues or a group of people who target an individual.
Codes of Practice/Conduct and Policies
Any relevant questions?