Union victory for students
The practice had been a £20 charge on top of the ten £3.50 charges per replacement key. This charge was demanded even if the student in question returned the misplaced key after receiving a replacement. With automatically locking doors, finding yourself locked out of your rooms is understandably easily done; therefore many students have had to avail of the replacement key facility. However, the £20 extra charge on top of the £35 already forked out seemed harsh on the student according to Mr Helferty and of advantage to no-one but the University.
The removal of this section of the Elms contract is a small victory for students and proof that, occasionally the Student’s Union can actually be of practical assistance… Meanwhile, a mandatory £20 charge on every student at the end of the year cited as ‘administration fees’ is being “looked into” by both the Union and the University.