Students are protesting against the high food prices in their cafeteria which they say are adding to student poverty.I thought they just lived on Pot Noodle, baked beans and beer? And pot?
The students' union handed out free sandwiches at lunchtime today, and yesterday, to encourage students not to use the canteen.If people are still paying it in sufficient numbers, it’s unlikely.
They hope that this boycott will force the caterers to think again about the prices they charge.
The students' union president, Manoj Iyer, 30, claims that the external company which provides their catering compares its prices to those at Marks and Spencer, not to other student outlets.So buy your coke elsewhere and take sandwiches. Job done!
He says that the canteen charges 99p for a can of coke while many shops charge as little as 60p.
Mr Iyer, who is in his second year as students' union president, also argues that the canteen charges up to £7 for a meal of chicken and chips with salad and a drink.
Oh, wait. I see someone’s already ahead of me there:
Mahdi Abuka, 20, a television production student, said: “The prices are really high in the canteen. We are students so we don’t have that much money to spend.There you go! You didn’t need the Student Union to help you in that decision, clearly!
“I go and buy food elsewhere because it is too expensive on campus.
“I only buy food here when I have to.”
Pro Vice-Chancellor Warren Forsyth, from Middlesex's Estates and Facilities Management Service, said: "We meet with the Students' Union regularly and acted on recent feedback by introducing a greater choice of offers and a new lower price range of sandwiches starting at £1.It doesn’t seem to have satisfied them much. I guess there’s just no appeasing some people?
“This was implemented immediately after calls for cheaper options.”
"Student satisfaction is a core priority and we continue to keep the dialogue open with our students, including acting on feedback from a University wide survey into our catering which launched in March and comes to a close at the end of April."So the SU is organising a protest, you’re running surveys, the canteen is getting on with running a canteen, and the students are happily making their own decision on whether to eat in the expensive canteen or bring sandwiches.
Is anyone doing any, well, teaching or learning..?