Hall Warden

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! Amina has won Subwarden of the year, 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.

Amina Hamoud
Hello, my name is Amina and I am currently in my third year of my PhD in the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering Department. My research falls within the Advanced Virtual Engineering Research Group where I am looking at creating a reference architecture for resilient future automated vehicles transport systems. You can find me living in HRH D-Block (Ground Floor) where if you need to come have a coffee and a chat with me you are welcome to do so. My role is to help and assist all students in any situation ranging from pastoral care to giving you advice on how to deal with any academic issues you may be having or just life in general. I have been a student for quite some time, therefore i am aware of the hurdles and difficulties that students go through particularly those starting out. if you are in need of anything whatsoever, do not shy away and do come and do ask: if you are in need of wisdom of any other kind of support to help you out with life as a student. One of the LSU sections i'm quite passionate about is Action – which is the volunteering section, so if you have any interest in volunteering, either locally, nationally or internationally then please feel free to come and have a chat. You guys are joining Rigg-Rut and we pride ourselves as being the best hall on campus, Small but Mighty which is what makes us unique.
Leyla Mammadova
Hi everyone! My name is Leyla and I am a second-year PhD student in the School of Business and Economics. I live in the sub-warden flat in HRH C block (ground floor). As your subbie I am here to help you feel welcomed into University halls and assist you in any situation you may feel uncomfortable about. Please always just remember you have a friend living nearby from the first day of your move, to chat about everything, to share stories or any difficulties you may face during your stay. I am here to share some of your joy too! I very much look forward meeting you all soon in our exceptional Hall! With lots of Love, Leyla 🙂
James Smith
I’m James, a PhD student in ‘Additive Manufacturing’ more commonly known as 3D Printing but also a sub-warden of Hazlerigg-Rutand Hall (the best student accommodation on campus). My role is to ensure that each student has the best experience possible in both halls and at the University itself. Any questions, queries or problems (as small as they may seem), myself and the rest of the team are here to help. I wish you all the best and hope to see you in Hazlerigg-Rutland Hall!
Brian Wong
Hi guys! My name is Brian and I am a first year PhD student at the Aeronautical & Automotive Engineering Department. I live in the subwarden flat in JP-B (ground floor). If you are not sure where it is, it is the flat where his majesty the black cat waits for food. I am here to help and to ensure that everyone enjoys their stay. I moved to England from Hong Kong when I was 14 and did my undergraduate studies in Loughborough. So, I can relate if you have come from a foreign country or are going through any student problems in Loughborough. It can be a bit scary and I have been the exact spot where you are now. So please, any issues, big or small, feel free to get in touch or just to say hi! I am always up for a chat and welcome to the John Phillips/ Rigg-Rut family! I look forward to meeting you all in September!