Published: 17 September 2014

Boost to University Hall thanks to Annual Fund donors

The Annual Fund has supported the Students’ Union (SU) with £35,000 for the upgrade and extension of staging equipment in the University Hall.

The University Hall was built in the 1960s, and with it, equipment was bought for University events.

Some of it has been replaced and upgraded over the years but now, half a century later, much of the lighting and supporting equipment and fabrics were in urgent need of replacement.

In autumn 2012, essential equipment that supports events such as iGALA, society shows and other events that take place during the year was replaced.

As Surrey increasingly establishes itself as a University for the arts – especially after its merger with GSA – it is vital to have adequate facilities for the extra-curricular activities and events that support the art courses.

The SU also hopes to encourage more revenue generating events to use the refitted hall as a venue, taking some of the pressure off the heavily-demanded Ivy Arts Centre.

Profits will be reinvested for the benefit of other clubs and societies.

Surrey’s donors help secure the future of arts societies across campus who use the hall as their primary venue.

The University often has members of the press, Guildford Borough Council and general public attending events in the University Hall.

With the new equipment and a space that clearly shows funding and interest, the perception of the University can be radically and positively altered, especially in terms of the arts, which has suffered in recent years due to funding cuts.

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