Ipswich: UCS students taught to be good neighbours

MORE official complaints have led to University Campus Suffolk (UCS) hosting a briefing to teach their students how to be good neighbours.

Earlier this month, the Evening Star revealed that quayside residents had voiced their concerns after enduring several weeks of excessive noise caused by a group of freshers.

A number of residents have issued complaints about the noise levels at Athena Hall – the newest student accommodation, situated just yards away from the university’s Waterfront building.

Today, one resident, who asked not to be named, told the Evening Star that the increase in noise had been “very annoying” and that it had increased further since the new student union (SU) bar, Kai, opened its doors more than a week ago.

She said: “It did seem to quieten down but in the last week its been really loud again. They seem to walk from the new bar and back to halls whilst shouting at each other.”

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Today, university chiefs revealed that three more complaints were received last week, and that plans were in place to ensure that there was no disruption to surrounding students.

Carol Macaskill, director of operations at UCS, said that she had not received any negative responses about the new SU bar, which has a capacity of 200 and is monitored by door staff.

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She said that the students had been briefed on “how to be good neighbours”.

Posters have also be put up around the accommodation blocks, while also maintaining that all students must have a degree of “self management”.

“We believe that their is a group of persistent offenders,” she said. “Is a shame because it has an effect on all of our other students.”

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