Every hall at Loughborough has a Warden, they are there to provide support and guidance during your time in Halls, as well as providing a link to the University team. Below is a message from our Warden Paul Leaney introducing himself
“My name is Paul Leaney and is often captured by the students as just ‘Leaney’ as a compromise between formality and informality, but I am also happy with you using my name Paul. As warden I am responsible to the University Chief Operating Officer for the administration, discipline and good order, health, safety and welfare of all student residents of the hall. Like other wardens I also have an academic post in the university. I work in the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. I live in a house on Ashby Road called Woodbury Lodge at 217 Ashby Road, with my wife Marie and four boys – although some of my boys are now at University. To assist me at Hazlerigg-Rutland Hall (ie Rigg-Rut) are a team of four subwardens – see elsewhere in this website. Subwardens are an integral part of the hall community, they live in hall and man a subwarden rota covering evenings and weekends. Together we make up the ‘warden team’ and we are there to help you – so do contact us about anything, anytime. The subwardens also help me look after the postgraduate hall of residence next door to ‘Rigg-Rut’ called John Phillips or ‘JP’ of which I am also warden.
Rigg-Rut has a heritage that goes back to 1932 but we have recently (since 2008) moved into new buildings. The buildings are owned by a company called UPP but the domestic arrangements (eg cleaners and hall manager) are run by the residential organisation of the University which is called Campus Living. Campus Living run both the VillagePark Hub reception (which is on site and remains open all hours during term time) and the central Student Accommodation Centre (SAC) which administer hall applications and all accommodation contracts on behalf of the University. As warden I need to work very closely with Campus Living and I am in constant contact with SAC over matters of accommodation and student welfare.
Rigg-Rut is somewhere you do or will regard as home . It should be a place to work, relax, enjoy the hall facilities and the company of others. For many of you new to the hall this will be your first experience of communal life. The hall student committee organise a lot on behalf of the hall community and the budget comes from hall subscriptions that all hall members are required to pay for being part of the hall community. Hall life can be fun but also requires taking on some new responsibilities. In essence these are quite simply having consideration for others and respect for property. There are numerous ways of involving yourself in the social and recreational life of the hall and many of these revolve around the opportunities for both work and play that make it potentially one of the most rewarding periods of your life. You should strive to find a balance between these two aspects of university life. Remember that opportunities do not really exist unless they are both seen and taken. It is up to you to make the most of it. For those new to hall – welcome to Rigg-Rut and I wish you all the best for your time at Loughborough. Should you have any need to contact me, please email me at P.G.Leaney@lboro.ac.uk.”
There is also a team of subwardens to assist Paul and provide support during your time in Rigg-Rut.
Not only are they great people, they also have some great achievements to show! Emma has won Subwarden of the year, Amina was a highly commended new volunteer in the action awards as well as getting a highly commended award for community contribution at the Postgraduate awards, and Katie represented the University in University Challenge on the BBC!