Why the cradle fell

September 17, 2009

The nursery that was closed in June at the University of the West of England was the smaller of two ("Union fights for campus creches", 10 September). It was situated in one of the smaller campuses that is due for closure in the next few years. The students' union was informed by the university that the temporary building used to house the nursery had been condemned due to structural reasons and could no longer be used.

These factors, combined with the nursery's low levels of occupancy, meant that the students' union could not afford to invest in a new nursery building for the site. The larger of the two nurseries, which is situated on the main Frenchay campus, continues to be very popular and has a long waiting list.

Katy Phillips, president, Gail Wilson, vice-president, UWE Students' Union Student Representative Council.

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