UK university embraces iPhone
Creates app for students
A British university has written an iPhone application to help its freshers find their way to
pubs and cash machines lectures and the library.
UCLan's iPhone app should help students with daily life
The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) iPhone app apparently lets students keep up with the latest news and events from around the campus, find their way around town and locate specific services – though we doubt the telephone number for Domino’s Pizza features.
Students can also use the app to book tickets for upcoming events at the university’s 53 Degrees bar or read about university life in the…ahem…Alternative Guide to UCLan.
A map showing the city's pubs isn't planned, sadly
Once students are up to speed with the local city’s finest nightclub –
Tokyo Joe’s Lava Ignite – and various takeaways and pubs, they can use the iPhone app to check their UCLan email accounts.
The app also provides access to floor plans of the university’s library, but won’t return books on your behalf, take lecture notes while you’re sleeping or write those pesky essays.
If you haven’t swapped your iPhone for beer tokens yet, then the application can be downloaded for free through Apple’s App Store. ®
So have the University of Essex - here it is! i've just moved there and am starting my course next week - this has shown me my way round and shown me where everythings happening:-) http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=331015833&mt=8
A few hundred pounds is a small drop in the ocean of student debt which typically ends up around 10-15k pounds per student. Plus, the phone will last them during their entire time at Uni. I bet most students would happily tie themselves into a 3 year contract for the chance to get a really cheap iPhone.
Anyway, I think this is a great idea. Seriously, I am always impressed by these small, niche, novel iPhone apps. This one suits a specific purpose and could easily grow beyond it's current potential. Imagine listing events on campus, or having constant easy access to your own personal timetable of lectures/lab classes. With reminders too!
I could certainly have done with something like this when I was at Uni. This is cool, and it makes me happy. But also a little sad that I'm no longer at Uni.
Can students afford iPhones? Are they wasting their student loans?