Move the SU 'Lock In' back to Tuesdays

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Let's be frank, the lock in is dead. A once thrilling event that was the lifeblood of the campus nightlife has now been reduced to a poorly attended competitor of some of the UK's biggest club nights on a Saturday.


Vote for this motion to get back the beloved Tuesday Lock In and to send a message to the SU that it is not OK for our full time officers to buckle, when they should be standing for students' interests.

Actions Taken

  • This Idea opened on 23rd October 2017 and closed for voting on 13th November 2017.
  • This Idea has passed. This Idea is now being debated by the Board of Trustess who will decide if and how this Idea will become Stduents' Union policy.
  • January 2018: Following a meeting of the Board of Trustees, the following update to this Idea has been released: 

    The Board have decided to reject this Student Idea in line with the original decision for the move based on the core responsibilities of the Board of Trustees.

    Legal Compliance

    The number and voracity of complaints of noise and anti-social behaviour linked to the Tuesday night event received by the SU and university as well as the local community mobilising to record and report activity posed a current and realistic threat to the licence held by the SU.

    In addition, the university as our landlords (The SU is leased from the university) were also concerned of the rise in anti-social behaviour linked to a Tuesday night and were concerned that without action they would not be able to support our licence should any challenge be made.

    Financial Management

    The Board note that one of the key income and funding streams for the Union is the trade through the bar, catering and retail in the U Block Building, projected at £1.4m. The risk to the organisation if the licence was revoked was too significant to not take proactive action to move the night.

    The risk to the Union of the loss of trade was strongly considered and the Union were able to come to an agreement with the university that there would be no financial impact to the SU as a result of the move from Tuesday to a weekend.

    Reputation Management

    The Board are aware that the complaints and negative publicity linked to the Tuesday night event had the potential to have a significant impact on the reputation and standing of the SU both locally and nationally.

    In addition the hosting of a regular midweek student night which is heavily focussed and promoted around the drinks offers could be seen to be irresponsible when ultimately the students at the university are here to fulfil their academic potential and offering a night when it won’t impact with the academic timetabling would be more suitable

    The Board felt that to not act proactively would risk further impacting the reputation and damaging the overall experience of being a UWE student.

    The Board does want to work with the student body to look at ways in which a weekend event can meet the needs of students and as such will task the team to look at whether a Friday or Saturday night or investigating any further amendments best meets the needs of the students. This will be done during the summer term when all activity is reviewed as part of the planning process. Any students wishing to feed into this process is asked to email Jamie Jordon



Seif Zahran
3:38am on 21 Nov 17 #maketuesdaygreatagain
Seif Zahran
4:56pm on 16 Nov 17 #choudhry_out
Finley Mackenzie
3:22am on 26 Oct 17 Come on you compete with Bristol city centre on Saturdays
Aleksander Wyrodek
10:49pm on 24 Oct 17 n
Billy-Jo Pierce
7:28pm on 24 Oct 17 Go on son u tell the haters
Joseph Cooper
5:13pm on 24 Oct 17 Just let me get conked to mad Ash B set please
Talek Semmens
9:34pm on 23 Oct 17 With regard to local residents complaining about noise levels, there is plenty of room for the volume of the music in the SU to be reduced. To my knowledge, there are only a handful of lectures taking place on Wednesday mornings, and whilst it is important to encourage good study habits, the Students Union will inevitably lose out on a great deal of income and interest if the situation continues to decline as it is at present; having been to three lock in events, the number of people present has declined exponentially to the extent that the bar is virtually empty. As for mid-week drinking, this is likely to occur anyway, and the former lock in allowed students to do this in a more controlled and more sociable manner than at home. The rationale behind the move to Saturday is certainly valid, however, the event will simply go extinct unless something is done, as the SU is competing with almost every club, bar and music venue within 10 miles. A Tuesday night lock in would instantly motivate students from all campuses as it has in the past. If not, even Friday night would be better, and it would be nice to see more varied music than just DnB, rap etc. to captivate students who currently see the lock in as just another run-of-the-mill club night.
Sian Hampson
1:20pm on 23 Oct 17 Point of information from a statement released by the presidents following Lock In getting moved: "UPDATE As many of you are aware, on Friday we announced that we have come to the decision to move Lock In to Saturdays from October. After seeing your many comments and replies, we would like to take this opportunity to add clarification to the situation. Whilst we have seen Lock In become an iconic night on a Tuesday, this has also come with some difficulties. We have received numerous noise complaints from neighbouring residents, which put us in a position where our licence could have been jeopardised. In addition, concerns have been raised internally and externally around mid-week drinking, related academic performance and Wednesday morning lecture engagement. With these matters in mind, as trustees, we came to the difficult decision to move the night to a Saturday. While this decision will come as a disappointment to many, and we will feel nostalgic over #SUesdays, we believe this is the right decision as we do not want to risk losing our licence. Everything else about the night, other than the day, will remain the same – if not better. We have invested in a new lighting rig, which you’ll be able to see during our Welcome events, and we’ll still have the same great drinks deals and music. We understand that Bristol is home to some amazing nightlife, but we hope that you can still pay us a visit on Saturday."
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