FEB 01] UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK NEWS
Warwick Ponders Lap-Top Revolution
at the University of Warwick could be forced to have lap-top
computers before being accepted onto courses.
radical shake-up of IT provision could lead to all first year
students being required to have access to the machines by the
start of the 2003 academic year.
suggestion, which is being put out to consultation among staff
and students, is part of a series of proposals in an
e-procurement system is also being suggested to help make
savings on the university’s annual £80 million purchasing
bill. Students could get cheap discounts through bulk buying by
proposals also include installing un-metered connection to the
internet from all student bedroom on campus by 2001-02.
spokesman Peter Dunn said some students would be given help to
make sure they were not put in a “digitial divide” because
they could not afford computers.
survey revealed that 70 per cent of students who registered at
Warwick in 2000 had access to a computer of their own and a
further 25 per cent were considering buying one.
Warwick believes that it could, and should, ensure that 100
per cent of its students should have access to a lap top and
there should be no digital divide.
95 per cent already able and willing to acquire such
technology in support of their studies will obviously benefit
from the savings on hardware costs that the university would
negotiate with suppliers who would be keen to offer attractive
and cost-effective purchase or lease schemes.
those unable to afford to acquire the technology by themselves
would benefit even more as Warwick will move to eradicate the
current digital divide that already exists by making provision
to ensure those students who cannot afford to spend the sums
are given the assistance they need to have access to their own
could be a new e-learning Development Unit to promote and
encourage the use of new technology in teaching across every
department of the university.
are also being considered for the construction of a student
portal as a gateway to student web resources.
would allow personalised links to be developed to areas of
university administration such as registering for courses and
access to electronic library resources and e-learning materials
are also planned, and the library would be given a larger budget
to subscribe to more electronic resources for use by staff and