If you are thinking of inviting your friends over for a few drinks to celebrate your return to Leeds, spare a thought for those living next door who may up at 7am to go to work, school or lectures.
Whilst you are studying here in Leeds you will make some great friends and have some great experiences, and rightly so. It is, however, important to note that you are now part of a much larger community with very different needs and lifestyles to your own.
Here are some simple tips to help you remain on friendly terms with your neighbours.
- Get to Know your Neighbours. Different people will be affected by noise differently. Elderly neighbours and families with children tend to go to bed earlier and require more sleep. Working people and students are most affected by weekday noise.
- Stick to weekends if you are thinking of having a party. As a matter of courtesy call around to your neighbours in advance to let them know and negotiate a time which the party will continue till. Consider giving your neighbours a mobile number so that they can notify you if the noise levels are reaching an inconsiderate volume. However, regular weekly late-night disturbances even at weekends are likely to result in complaints.
- Consider holding celebrations away from your home. Many city centre bars offer rooms which can be booked at no cost.
- Keeping doors and windows closed, especially in warm weather, will help to limit noise levels. If you or any guests are using an outside space for smoking, try and keep the volume of your conversations to a minimum.
- If you play a musical instrument, speak to your housemates and neighbours and agree a time that you can practice without disturbing them.
- Use taxi firms which have a call back service to notify you when they have arrived. Remain indoors until they arrive.
- If you do get a visit from a neighbour, Police or Council Officer, remain calm and polite.
If you are having any problem with a noisy neighbour or any other concern regarding the community in which you live, contact the Universities and Colleges Neighbourhood Helpline service on 0113 343 1064 (24 hour voicemail) or email@example.com.
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I’m sad to say that today will be my last day with the Sustainability Service, as I am moving on to start a PhD. I’ve worked with the service for three and a half years now, and thought this was a good opportunity to reflect on how we’ve changed and all that we’ve accomplished whilst I have had the privilege of working here.
When I first started working in the Sustainability service there was only 3 permanent members of staff, and we worked in the Central Boiler House (Which was about as glamorous as it sounds!). Since then, the University has invested so much in Sustainability, firstly by employing Louise Ellis to lead us as our own service within the Facilities Directorate and then supporting us to expand to a team of 12, not including the new student sustainability architects which will be recruited this year.
For me, one of the most amazing things we have achieved is to have developed a fully integrated strategy which cuts across teaching, operations, innovation and research, as well as an action plan which holds us to account. I was lucky enough to be a part of the eighteen month engagement and consultation process that lead up to the development of the strategy, and it was amazing to hear so many different and inspirational takes on what sustainability means to such a diverse range of people.
This has to be one of the most varied jobs imaginable, from transporting huge inflatable red balls across campus for an energy campaign, to presenting alone at the World Symposium on Sustainability in Higher Education, it’s safe to say there is never a dull day in sustainability!
I’ve had the pleasure of working with student interns who bring new levels of enthusiasm and creativity to the service every year, as well as incredibly passionate permanent members of staff who have taught me so much over the past few years. Working so closely with Louise has given me a real insight into leadership and how to make positive change, which I will utilise throughout my career.
Thanks to everyone who has made my time at the University such a great experience!