By Will Bickford Smith, Education Officer at the University of Nottingham Students’ Union
Therefore it should cause some alarm that Time Higher reports today that De Montfort University plans to monitor its students’ whereabouts using the University’s wi-fi network – a proposal so Orwellian that even the President of the National Union of Students has suggested that students will be feel like “inmates under surveillance”.
Many universities already have systems in place for students to register their attendance at seminars (and some for lectures), and universities argue that this is to ensure that students have been exposed to a required level of course content for them to be able to progress. However De Montfort plans to go a stage further, into unchartered territory, by using its wi-fi network to track the electronic chip in each student’s ID card.
And from 2012/13, students at De Montfort will have to fork out £9000 per year to pay for the privilege of being afforded the same freedom as a prisoner with a police tag.