Pool closure refunds row

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SHEFFIELD University has been criticised after deciding to stop issuing refunds to students affected by temporary closure of its swimming pool.

The Cofield Swimming Pool, at Goodwin Sports Centre, Crookesmoor, was closed for six months during last academic year and undergraduates who had paid membership fees were offered refunds.

But instead of paying out the money automatically, students were required to apply for the refund - and a deadline of September 1 was set by which to claim.

The university said it has repaid £70,000 but a campaign has been launched by the institution’s Students’ Union newspaper Forge Press calling for management to continue issuing the £15 refunds to any students who have not yet claimed.

The students’ demand is being backed by Crookes Labour councillor, Geoff Smith, and Broomhill Lib Dem councillor, Paul Scriven, who said the university was wrong to impose a deadline.

But Sheffield University said students were given up to 10 months to claim, from the date of closure last November. A spokeswoman said: “We felt this was a reasonable amount of time and will not be issuing further refunds.”