EXCLUSIVE — The university shop, which the University of Lincoln Students’ Union President Chris Charnley claimed would be open by January 2010, is not even close to being ready, sources close to the situation have told The Linc. Doubts are swirling around the SU’s claim to have any influence within the university.
The SU, who were proudly promoting the shop’s move in the Main Academic Building as their decision, announced last September: “The University of Lincoln Students’ Union has been actively working in partnership with the University Commercial Facilities over the summer to develop an excellent standard to services offered to students across all campuses.”
Posters around the Brayford Campus publicised the opening of the shop. In the first issue of the SU’s Agenda it was claimed as a “Bullet Point Success”: “The University Shop has been moved back into it’s rightful home in the Main building on the Brayford Campus (Opening Jan 2010).” As the shop will not be opening in January 2010, the SU’s claims to have control over the move of the shop are severely weakened.
The SU previously said: “The development of ‘The Uni Shop’ will provide a greater sense of community spirit across campus, offering a great range of products at student prices whilst being highly accessible and catering to the needs of the whole student body and University life.” These plans have now been delayed by almost a year, without the SU being able to change the course of the decision.
Additionally, The Linc can reveal that the opening of the Business and Law Faculty building has also been delayed. Sources have said the building is expected to be opened sometime after Christmas 2010, instead of by September. This delay is said to be because the University of Lincoln does not have enough money to finish the project on time.Tweet