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If you require additional data points or 13 amp plug sockets in your room, please use Data points/sockets request form.
Please contact Marilyn McIntosh, Furnishings Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org and she will assist you with your furnishing requirements.
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University Removal Contractors
Please note that University buildings will be heated to a standard temperature of 20°C between the hours of 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. Outwith these times, the only areas which will be heated are:
The only other exception would be where special functions or events have been booked to take place in the evenings or weekends.
Following a fire at Humanities Manse earlier in the year, all portable heaters were recalled for health and safety reasons. If you feel your office is too cold without a portable heater, you should put a request through the Fault Desk for an engineer to check the temperature in your office and, should this fall short, a portable heater may be issued until suitable repairs can be made.
All keys required for University buildings must be requested from the Estates Section. Please complete our Request Form and return this to the Estates Section, along with a copy of the key required.
If you do not have a copy of the key, or if you need a RUKO or ASSA key, please contact your Building Clerk of Works.
We have a courier service going to the locksmith every Tuesday and Thursday and they will usually come back within a few days. Some keys may take longer.
Cleaning Services is part of the operational activities of Support Services within Estates and is based in the University Office. If you have a problem or something has gone wrong with the service please contact a member of the Domestic Services Team.
Disruption to level of service may be caused by factors outwith our control, e.g. lack of access to area, inclement weather or unplanned staff absences and in this event temporary adjustments will be made to provide the best service under the given circumstances.
In the event of
On Hearing the Alarm
Do Not Use the Lifts
For specific instructions relating to Fire Arrangements please consult your Departmental Safety Advisor.
The Mail Room is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.
Mail is delivered to departments from 9.00am.
Mail is collected from various buildings in Old Aberdeen, Marischal College and Foresterhill between 7.30am and 12noon.
Outgoing mail is collected at 2.30pm from designated collection points in
All mail should have the departmental name clearly marked on the back and should be banded together, with the appropriate mail identification slip as follows:-
If you wish to send mail by a different delivery service, it should be banded separately with a mail identification slip stating which service is required.
Internal mail should be in an internal or recycled envelope marked ‘Internal’ in the top left hand corner.
Please give as full an address as possible, including name of department and building and only use abbreviations in internal mail addresses if you are sure they will be understood throughout the University.
DHL offers a fast, reliable delivery service for letters and packages. Items to be sent using this service should be received in the Mailroom at 9a Dunbar Street by 1500 hours and should be accompanied by a courier form.
Parcel Force is available for dispatch of parcels within the UK and Overseas. The Mail Room currently sends all non-urgent UK parcels by the standard service, with delivery taking 3-4 working days. Parcel Force can also be used for Overseas parcels.
Please note that normally the maximum weight for sending by Parcelforce is 30kg. While parcels heavier than this can be sent, there is a surcharge of £27.50 (as at Nov 2013) per parcel. It is therefore recommended that, wherever possible, parcels weighing more than 30kg should be broken down into parcels of less than 30kg.
The University holds a Freepost licence and applications to use it should be made to the Mail Room, x3841, email email@example.com. Please state the name of the account to be set up and the ledger code the postage costs are to be charged against.
To obtain the specially printed envelopes (which must be used to comply with the terms of our licence) you should raise an internal order to the Estates Section stating how many and what size of envelopes you require. The costs for 250 envelopes are as follows:
If you require more than 500 envelopes, we will need at least three weeks’ notice.
Please note: you must add your contact name and department on the back of the Freepost envelope so that it can be forwarded to you.
The Mail Room requires advance notice of bulk mailings. All addresses should face the same way.
Porters are on duty Monday to Thursday from 0700 to 1545 hours and on Fridays from 0700 to 1600 hours.
Requests for Portering Services/ Bulk Mail Collections
Once you have received confirmation of a room booking you should contact the Sacrist with details of your room setup requirements. This should be done as early as possible to allow for the collection and provision of furnishings and to highlight any problem areas.
Rooms booked through the Conference and Events Team will include the room setup detail. Therefore it is not necessary to contact the Sacrist.
Details of all examinations held outwith the main examination period should be forwarded to the Sacrist with your setup requirements.
The team of Attendants provide mail and portering services at the Foresterhill site. They operate out of the Reception area on the ground floor of the Polwarth Building, +44 (0) 1224 27 7098.
Please contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org with regard to any of the following topics:
The University Sacrist is:
Today the position of Sacrist forms part of the Estates Section under the management of the Deputy Director.
The day to day role of the Sacrist is to supervise and manage all of the Attendant/Drivers and Car Park Attendants to ensure the provision of a comprehensive logistics and mailing service throughout the University's campuses and facilities, a position which often requires them to adopt the role of "Mr Fix-it".
On a daily basis the Sacrist liaises with the University Colleges, Schools and Departments, Outside Agencies and Visitors regarding the arrangements required for lectures, examinations, presentations, functions, conferences and meetings.
These events require preparation and planning and, in recent years, the development of closer communication between our disciplines has improved the service provided. The Sacrist also takes an active role within the planning teams to prepare events such as the BSc and MA Applicant Days and the Open Day.
Similarly, regular weekly meetings are held with the Conference and Events team to ensure that everything is in place for the forthcoming weeks events.
Perhaps most people relate more clearly with the Sacrist's role during graduation ceremonies, a very important time for both the University and students and is one of the major family events of our Academic year.
This year, 100 couples will be married in the Chapel with the Sacrist or his deputies officiating at each ceremony and leading the bridal party through the rehearsal. The Sacrist ensures that the formalities run smoothly on the day, often providing a calming influence for the happy couple and their families.
The custody, care and presentation of the University's maces, together with the silverware, rests with the Sacrist.
The Sacrist: Background History
The office of Sacrist goes back to the early days of founding of the University in 1495.
The title "Sacrist" is a diminutive of "Sacristan" who was the officer of the church in charge of the sacristy which was the room where the sacred utensils, vestments and other movables were kept. The modern word in Scotland for the sacristy is the vestry.
Sacrists in those days looked after the fabric of the church and contents, rang the bell, dug graves and so on. We are pleased to say that the practice of digging graves has ceased but the other duties remain to this day.
We now see the mace replacing the sacramental utensils; the gowns and hoods replacing the vestments.
Security staff are on site 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Security is provided through internal and external building patrols and surveillance of CCTV cameras located throughout the campus.
Security Control Room
Most crime on campus comprises of opportunity theft and many of these incidents are preventable by following these precautions.
Should your mobile phone be stolen, your service provider can block your SIM card if you follow this simple advice:
Take the following precautions to prevent bike theft.
It is important that you contact the police immediately giving them as much information as possible.
The Estates Section is based on the first floor of the University Office.
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX