FEB 01] UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK NEWS
Graduates To Campaign Against Lap-Top Idea
University graduates are being urged to join a campaign against
plans to force students to own their own lap-top computer.
students, incensed by plans to make all first year students have
a computer by 2003, are getting together to campaign for the
principle of free education.
university is running a consultation period on the controversial
proposals after they leaked out last week. The idea is being
considered to open up new areas of learning to all students.
bosses said ways would be found to lease or lend computers to
students who couldn’t afford them.
were used in last week’s announcement to show that most
students either owned or considered getting a computer. But the
figures did not say if they were normal desktop PCs, or more
student Steve Thomas, one of the first to speak out against the
scheme, said people who have left the university should still
show concern for the plight of the students of the future.
reputation of the university reflects on every graduate.
wish to show that graduates may be outside the bubble but
still care about issues of fairness and exploitation,
particularly when we benefited from free tuition and access to
communal computing facilities which look likely to be removed
under the 'e-strategy'.”
Thomas said local MPs and former Warwick students who are now in
Parliament, including schools minister Estelle Morris, would be
contacted and asked to back the campaign.
week the government announced measures to encourage students
from less well-off backgrounds to apply for elite institutions
the same time, Warwick, which considers itself to be in that
elite is announcing a plan that will shut all but the very
said there are fears that students living in Coventry and
Leamington could become easy targets for criminals.
month a 22-year-old man was robbed of a lap-top computer at gun
point in Melbourne Road, Earlsdon – a road with many students
Thomas added that students could also face high costs of living
if they had to connect to the internet or university intranet
from home when they move off campus, if campus facilities are
wound down to save money.
who want to join in the campaign, which will start with a
letter-writing and emailing campaign, should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
[07 FEB 01] WARWICK
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