Maintaining Ethos Opening Hours

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We are unhappy with the planned change in Ethos opening hours (closing 3 hours earlier than normal) over the 'holiday period' (summer, Easter and Christmas). We understand that the closing time will be shifted forward 3 hours to save costs and to account for lower attendance, but Ethos is a core service of Imperial College London. It should prioritise its quality of service to its users over profit margins. This change will make it even more congested during after-work hours. President Gast often reflects that the pursuit of excellence is what characterises the Imperial community. This does not occur between the hours of 09:00 and 17:00. The newly proposed opening hours specifically disenfranchise the research community, whose work traditionally requires them to work longer hours. Exercise is vital to stress management, health and well-being. We call upon the College management to maintain the original opening hours (7 am to 10 pm on weekdays) and (7 am to 8 pm on weekends) throughout the academic year. 

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