The Community Access to Rooms project, which is delivered by the University’s Community team in collaboration with Estates, allows community groups that hold an affiliation with the University, (such as through a link with staff, students or a University community grant ) to hire a number of University rooms, free of charge.
The scheme aims to foster stronger ties with our surrounding communities, through free room hire, when these spaces are not being used for University purposes like teaching or research, ensuring that University rooms are used to their fullest, and that cost is not a barrier to good quality meeting space, allowing for collaboration and creativity.
Groups who have used the spaces include the Bare Production theatre production company which used a room regularly as a rehearsal space ahead of their performance at this year’s Fringe Festival.
The initiative’s impact isn’t restricted to the central campus. The University has also opened the doors of the Nucleus at King’s Buildings, a development that has been met with enthusiasm from both the academic and local communities. The Nucleus is one of the University’s newest buildings, providing cutting-edge collaboration space nestled in the King’s Buildings campus.
Gemma Gourlay, Head of Social Impact at the University, said: “Universities should be beacons of shared knowledge and growth. The ‘Community Access to Rooms’ scheme aligns perfectly with our vision of fostering a meaningful relationship between the University and the community. It’s not just about providing spaces; it’s about creating an environment where ideas flow freely and partnerships blossom.”
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Staff are encouraged to signpost room booking details to any community groups they are affiliated with.