Power cut puts six campus buildings out of action

Entrance to the Adam Smith Building. (Photo Credit: Aidan Kerr)

Aidan Kerr
News Reporter

There has been a serious power outage across a large part of the University’s Gilmorehill campus this afternoon. In an email sent to all students, the University confirmed that the “Rankine, QMU, Adam Smith, Hetherington, Gregory, Sir Alwyn Williams buildings” are all affected.

There is some confusion over how long the affected buildings will be without power. The internal communication states that the power outage is set to last for ”a few hours”, while signs on the doors of the Adam Smith Building state that the building is likely to be without power for “the foreseeable future”.

In the statement to all students, the University has stressed that it is currently trying to resolve the issue. A spokesperson said: “Our in-house electrical engineers are on site to assess the situation and to see that generators, where installed, are in operation to provide emergency back-up.

“We have called our specialist electrical supplier to assist us with getting power back on.

“We will issue a further update when we have information”.

One student told The Glasgow Guardian that an engineer would not arrive at the Queen Margaret Union (QMU) until after 4pm, meaning that some societies have had to cancel classes in the building. The Adam Smith Building, the Gregory Building and the QMU are closed to students at the time of publication.

The cause of the outage has not yet been identified, but a spokesman for the University said that everything possible is being done to reconnect the affected buildings. A member of staff working in the Adam Smith Building, who asked not to be named, said he believed the outage was due to the ongoing construction work on campus.


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