On Tuesday 4th June 2013, Associate Tutors in the UEA School of Philosophy were informed by the university that they will no longer have access to an office, and were asked to remove their belongings from A0.25 by Friday 7th June 2013 (3 days’ notice).
The Union recognises the important role that Associate Tutors play in the University both through their research and their teaching and as such we support the ATs in the School of Philosophy in their campaign to win back their office space. The idea that they are so undervalued that they are not deemed to warrant office space within their own School is concerning. We support the right and the need of these members of the University to have their own office space where they are able to carry out their work. We believe the loss of this space will have a detrimental effect not just on those research students who have lost their workspace but on taught students as well. Associate Tutors undertake a large portion of teaching and if they have no place within the School to plan their lessons, mark essays, see students and engage with other faculty members this will have adverse effects on the quality of their teaching and other work. We hope that the decision to remove a vital resource from these Associate Tutors and the School of Philosophy itself is taken into reconsideration and put out to wider consultation.