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Lighting the way to a safer campus

The needs of disabled students and staff at the University of Sussex were a particular focus of a campus lighting review last week, after the clocks had gone back.

During the after-dark walking tour of campus, staff from the University’s Estates team accompanied representatives from Health & Safety and the Students’ Union to review the current provision of external lights, find any that weren’t working, and identify possible sites for installation of additional lights.

As well as hundreds of low-level lights and lamps on walls, there are about 300 lamp posts across campus.

Jayne Townsend, Contract Manager in Estates, said after the lighting tour: “We don’t want to cause unnecessary light pollution within a rural setting – we don’t have the same light levels as a city centre.

“But of course Sussex students and staff move between campus buildings at all hours, so our outdoor lighting has a vital role to play in enhancing feelings of safety for everybody after dark.

“We want to do all that we can to make the campus secure, welcoming and easy to get around for every individual at any time of day.”

Every week, the SEF Security team tour the site after dark to check if any lights are broken and to let SEF engineers know about ones that need fixing. Contractors then use a ‘cherry picker’ articulated lift to make any repairs at height.

Jayne said: “Our annual lighting tour is an opportunity to plan a schedule of works in addition to our ongoing programming of fault detection and repair.

“During this year’s walking tour we were particularly mindful of the needs of disabled students, staff and visitors.

“We also identified a number of areas where we would like to install additional lighting and we will now go through a process to identify possible funding for these.”

If you spot any lights on campus that aren’t working, you can report these via the SEF Service Centre.

And so that you can be seen - especially by drivers - it’s a good idea to wear light or reflective clothing when you’re out and about on foot.

Posted on behalf of: Estates and SEF
Last updated: Monday, 4 November 2019


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