Posted on Tue 12 Feb 2013 at 20:44 by Nicholas Swain
Just a few weeks ago, I asked you for feedback on your experience of the late night food offering on campus. The aim was to get a better picture of what you would want Warwick Retail to do in order for them to improve the way things are currently. Firstly, I want to thank the 1076 of you that filled the survey out during that week; it was a great turnout that has made our findings a lot more representative of the general view. Thank you also for the comments many of you wrote in addition to the standard questions. I know that the team at Warwick Retail have found them especially useful in understanding what you would like to see on campus in the future.
My original aim was to deliver results based on the survey findings as soon as possible. A massive 98% of you said that you felt there should be more choice of food on campus than just the current Kebab Van, so we wanted to change that quickly! By now, I hope you have heard the news regarding the new 24-hour opening schedule for Costcutter on campus. This development comes off the back of 70% of you saying that you would want to use Costcutter if it was open 24-hours a day. The 4 week trial period starts on Monday of Week 7 (18th February) until the end of term and will be extended to all of Term 3 if it is a success. Given its size, Costcutter is subject to normal Sunday trading regulations and will therefore have the following opening times:
Monday: 8am onwards
Saturday: Until 11pm
I am really pleased that Warwick Retail has opted to trial these times and I expect that a similar schedule in Term 3 will go a long way to improving the food available during those crucial late nights in the Library.
I hope that this is just the start of a wider initiative to improve the food available on campus in the evenings. Some of the other results from the survey were not a surprise, including Domino’s Pizza being the favoured take away choice, but there was definite interest in other options, with 53% of you looking for a healthier alternative on campus. Other foods including chicken, fish and chips, as well as Asian cuisine were not far behind either. These findings show that there is definitely demand for more than just kebabs or burgers and I will now be talking much more with Warwick Retail about what they can offer in the long term in addition to opening Costcutter later. With this survey outcome, I hope that there is now scope to offer a decent late night outlet on campus once again that will be serving quality food after events and during those important all-nighters in the Library or Learning Grid. It is going to take a bit of time, but this survey has given the idea some serious traction for the not too distant future.
In addition to this, there are already discussions taking place to improve the opening times of the Library Cafés to better suit the Term 3 Library schedule. The aim would be to have at least the smaller of the cafés opening later so that there is somewhere near the Library to buy food and drink, other than the vending machines. Warwick Retail have not made a decision on this front yet, but I hope to be able to give you an update with some good news in the next few weeks.
All that leaves me to say is thanks again for taking the time to give your feedback on late night food and I hope that there will be many more exciting updates in the near future!