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Edinburgh University students vote in favour of nap pods


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Students at Edinburgh University have come out in favour of nap pods for the university library in an online ballot conducted by the Student Council.

1,616 students voted in favour of the move, with only 286 against.

Edinburgh University Students´ Association will now officially endorse the proposal and submit a formal request to the university administration for the purchase of the pods.

If the administration accepts, they will pay the full purchase price - which could be anything up to £10,000 each.

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The vote was put forward following a student council meeting on the 24th November, where the findings of a report by student-led “think tank” the Buchanan Institute were discussed. The report included a poll of students, many of whom said they were sleep-deprived and 93% of whom said they felt in need of a nap whilst on campus.

"Student satisfaction for the university is low (120th in the UK according to the 2017 Complete University Guide) and one major factor contributing to this can be student welfare and comfort.”

However some critics say that purchasing nap pods is not going to be the solution to the university´s low student satisfaction rating.

A university spokesman has indicated that the university is open to talks on the matter, and a response is expected in the coming weeks.

Images by Su Hongjia and Graeme Yuill 

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