Here's what Edinburgh students are really thinking about their new nap pods
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On Monday the results of an online ballot were released showing that students at the University of Edinburgh had voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion to purchase 'nap pods' for the university library. However it seems that the result (1,616 voted for the move, with only 286 against), might not really represent the feelings of the student body, so we asked some of them for their opinions. What comes across strongest in speaking to students is that many feel the purchase is a waste of already limited funding which should be used to support the over-stretched counselling service or provide more study spaces. Liam Rees, a third year French and Spanish student, says: “It´s good that the university is recognising mental health is an issue. Now to get them to tackle the root causes rather than symptoms - they should really focus on the causes of mental health issues like insufficient student support or study space and then nap pods wouldn't be all that necessary” Another student added: “It´s good they're listening to students but I think its shady that I can´t get any more counselling from the university and would have to go private but they can afford to build novelty 'nap pods' - and the people who sleep in the library do it anyway!” First year History and Politics student Ellen Blunsdon says: “Edinburgh could very easily use the money to make the student union cheaper or provide more support for students from lower income backgrounds. "These measures would boost student satisfaction more than wasting valuable study space on these nap pods that are going to be constantly full of people who could just go home. "So yes, good in theory but not in practice.” One student had a suggestion for a better way in which the university could spend the funds – on more puppy stress-buster sessions. However amongst a sea of negativity, with some describing the move as “a ridiculous waste of money”, “embarrassing” and calling for students to “manage their own sleep better”, there is still some strong support for the idea. Damon Allan, a third year law student, says: “This might not seem to be a big priority to those living in Edinburgh, but is such a great thing for those commuting from home. "When I lived in Edinburgh last year, my flat was five minutes from campus, so I could easily go back for a nap if I wanted to, but when I lived at home in first year, there were some days I would be up at 7am, and still be in uni at 6pm that night. "This was tiring for me so I dread to think what it would be like for someone who suffers a sleeping disorder or the like. Definitely a great idea.”
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