Re-allocate the Post Graduate Research rooms back to the PGR's
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Recently, Birmingham City University (BCU) spent £31 million on a new "100,00 square foot, 650-room extension", and originally assigned Post Graduate Researchers 5 purpose-built, dedicated PGR rooms: four offices and one "touch-down" meeting area. These were recently re-allocated to be more teaching space in addition to the rest of the new building. These rooms were promised to the PGR's, and were taken away the same day as the building opened. BCU is meant to be investing in Research, and in its research community. Instead, resources are being taken away from Early Career Researchers (ECR's) and creating divides between ECR's and the rest of their respective departments. Fee paying students were told there would be dedicated facilities for PGR's upon paying for their course (up to £12,000).
Additionally, BCU offered to re-locate the PGR's to a different building away from other academics, other research departments, and some of the vital facilities (i.e. supervisors, library), but this is not acceptable or sufficient. Being reallocated to an empty space after a department moved out of an old building to be housed in the new extended building is not an acceptable way to 'invest in future researchers' The newly built rooms are almost fully ready to be used on a daily basis for the PhD students, and would cost time and money to be transformed in to teaching space. We would like to collect signatures to take to the Vice-Chancellors and Dean of Student Experience, Research, BLSS, and the Estates Board who decide room allocation, ask for the decision to be rethought, and re-allocate these spaces back to the post graduate researchers.
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