Creation of Photography Agency

QUESTION:

Is it not setting a dangerous precedent with the setting up of this enterprise, which I assume when it seems on the surface by using cheap labour, students and graduates, will be able undercut the opposition by offering “reasonably priced” products? The opposition including ex-graduates just starting out on their own venture in an already tough world.

Do they have insurance in place to cover possible legal action should a job go wrong, loss of data, etc., thereby ruining someone’s wedding .

ANSWER:

The Agency was set up to provide students and graduates with valuable experience and paid work. Our ‘reasonably priced’ offers are oriented on market prices (with a level of differentiation taking into account the level of experience) and graduates are invited to join the venture in order to help them to get a foot in the market, make contacts and build networks.

Legal considerations have been taken into account when the agency was set up and it is overseen by professional staff with professional experience.

Concerns about the Cadman Courtyard

QUESTION:
I’m concerned by the usage of the Cadman Courtyard over recent weeks and would appreciate Executive’s response to this. It feels more like a HGV / van terminus than a space that is welcoming and accessible for students and visitors – right now in the middle of Show & Tell there is a bin truck in the middle of the courtyard, as there was yesterday, with similar disruption and noise last week. Last week included one of the entrances (a fire exit at that) having a Brown’s recycling dumpster placed right in front of it. The Cadman Gallery, Careers Centre, Cashiers Office, Open Space, and Courtyard Café all open out onto what could be a real hub for this part of the campus but this I feel is having a negative impact on achieving that.

ANSWER:
The Cadman Courtyard is currently being used by the contractors who are working on the library refurbishment project, so there is more commercial vehicle activity than usual in this area.  Our Estates team have also been asked to provide skips in the courtyard for FACT and the activity around Show & Tell, although these will only be required on a short term basis.