Without a doubt 2020 presented many challenges, however one thing that is certain, is just how important it is to stay connected with one another.
On behalf of The University Club Board and University Club Staff, we sincerely thank you for your continued support of the Club particularly since opening up following the emergence of the pandemic – without which we would not be able to maintain our level of quality and service.
With the support of The University of Western Australia, we’ve been able to act swiftly and have responded to the rapidly changing circumstances of 2020 by putting strategies in place to address the ongoing challenges that the Club, and the hospitality and events sectors face.
However, as a direct result of the impacts of COVID-19, we’ve experienced a significant reduction in the number of events held at the Club along with cancelled memberships. This, combined with reduced numbers of staff and students on campus throughout the year, has meant we have fewer members enjoying the benefits of the Club.
This reduced activity at the Club has required us to consider how we can successfully ensure the long-term sustainability of your Club, post-pandemic. An important element in doing so will be maintaining a significant level of membership without in any way reducing the level of quality and service we seek to deliver to you.
We know that many members frequently enquire if they can refer family and friends, only to be declined on the basis of having no direct connection to the University. After listening to Club members’ feedback, and considering various options, we believe that the best way forward is to expand our current qualification criteria to allow broader community eligibility, whilst protecting and respecting the integrity and fundamentals of our charter/membership.
We are therefore pleased to share with you the news that the Club will be expanding its membership criteria. This means there’s now an even greater opportunity for your family and friends to join you.
As a valued Club member, you can be assured that we will ensure that any increase in member numbers will not impact on the ambience of the Club or the quality of service provided to members. Importantly, it will not in any way effect the ability for those who fall within the Club’s original eligibility criteria to join the Club. Additionally, the Club will keep its members informed on how we are progressing with our membership strategy.
We’re pleased to outline the details of how membership will be expanded, below.