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Draft Car Parking Policy Consultation

As part of the University’s Transport Strategy 2019-2024, the University has committed to reviewing how car parking is managed. This work is being led by the University’s Transport Working Group, chaired by Professor Ian Leslie.

In Michaelmas term 2022, we invited all staff to give us feedback on car parking at the University through the annual travel survey and a series of focus groups. We consulted the Trade Unions, Disabled Staff Network and the Parent and Carers (SPACE) network. We also collected the views of Institutions through a survey and separate focus groups with Departmental Administrators.

The Transport Working Group, in discussion with the HR Committee agreed that the car parking policy should be updated:

  • to improve levels of staff satisfaction with how parking is managed
  • to increase access to parking for staff who need it to conduct their work efficiently or who don’t have other affordable travel options
  • to enable more staff (not just permit holders) with a need to park to find a space when one is required, across all car parks
  • to ensure permits are allocated to staff consistently across the University and to those with the greatest need
  • to better utilise the spaces provided, particularly with more varied working patterns
  • to develop a permit system which reduces the level of staff administration required and utilises future technologies

In June 2023, we published a Draft Car Parking Policy setting out the recommended changes to the policy. We also gave staff and Institutions the opportunity to respond to a survey to share their views on the changes. 

Next steps

The consultation results are currently being analysed and will be discussed with the Transport Working Group in September. This will then be discussed with the HR Committee and University Council in due course. The earliest date the new policy will be in place is from September 2024.

If you have any feedback, please email