Students returned to seafront residences following safety checks

ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY students who were relocated from Seafront Residences due to the predicted high tide and stormy weather conditions on Friday (31st) have been given the go ahead to return to their halls today.

1504456_276884525797164_1727259434_oThe 600 students living in University Seafront Residences and in private accommodation on the seafront were offered alternative University accommodation and meals, with the alternative of tickets to travel home or to another part of the UK until the weather improved.

It was reported that while Saturday evening’s high tide and stormy weather did not affect student bedrooms, University maintenance staff were on site on Sunday to repair minor damage to basement areas. Safety checks were performed on the Seafront Residences today in advance of the students’ return.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Rebecca Davies said; “We are very pleased to be able to let our students return to the Seafront Residences today and we are very grateful to them for being so understanding over the past four days.

“Deciding to ask everyone to relocate late last week was a difficult call as it is never easy to accurately predict the impact of tides and stormy weather. However, the safety of our students and staff is paramount.

“During the weekend, the University was notified that immediate action was required due to tidal flooding which would have required the evacuation of Seafront Residence students to a place of safety on at least four separate occasions over the weekend; Saturday morning, Saturday evening, Sunday evening and Monday morning. This would have resulted in the repeated evacuation of students. For this reason we are convinced that we made the right decision.”

“Once again, I would like to thank those members of staff who worked over the weekend to ensure that everyone was safe, warm and fed, and to colleagues in Ceredigion County Council and Natural Resources Wales for their co-operation.”

All teaching activities will resume as normal tomorrow (4th).