Are Exec bothered by our bullying record?

QUESTION:
Can you ask them about bullying? How many cases are there and how many people involved? As this university has a poor record of bullying, stress and has continued for some while are the exec bothered?

 

ANSWER:
The University takes bullying and harassment very seriously and investigates any such matters that are brought to its attention. Information on this matter and what to do if you are at all concerned is contained within the Bullying and Harassment Policy.

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Will defibrillators be installed at the University?

QUESTION:
As defibrillators are in the local news yet again, are they any plans to install them at the University?

 

ANSWER:
The University Health and Safety Unit is currently working with the West Midlands Ambulance Service, our first aid training provider, with a view to submit a business case for the provision of Automated External Defibrillators for use within the University during the academic year 2013 – 2014.

Are electronic cigarettes allowed in class?

QUESTION:
I had a student today ask if he was allowed to smoke an electronic cigarette in class. I’m not aware of where we stand with requests like this. Can you advise?

 

ANSWER:

Electronic cigarettes are used by some people as an alternative to a conventional cigarette and also to aid smoking cessation. Whilst there are no reported passive smoking effects or smoke/odour associated with the use of these devices, they do look very much like a conventional cigarette with a glowing tip.

For this reason, the use of these devices in buildings or within 5 metres of entrances and open windows is prohibited. The concern is that use of these devices may lead other staff and students to think that smoking is generally permitted, and will hamper staff trying to enforce the Smoke-free (Premises and Enforcement) Regulations 2006.

Can the NHS blood donation bus visit the University?

QUESTION:

Would it be possible for an NHS Blood Donation Bus to be able to come to the University to enable those that wish to give blood to do so.  Only 5% of people who can give blood actually do so and I think that it is something that we could support.

 

ANSWER:

This was an initiative that was considered and introduced in the past, however, at the time there was very little take up of the service and therefore it did not continue.

This was some time ago and therefore we will consider this further as part of our continuing health and well being agenda.

Thank you for raising the matter.