iPhone application for UK university fresher's

iPhone application for UK university fresher's

Summary: One UK university is embracing the iPhone market as a new breakthrough way to communicate with new freshmen on campus. Article

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From tomorrow, the vast majority of new students in the UK will be arriving at their new home for the next three or four years. A UK university has taken advantage of popular technologies to provide support for the new arrivals on campus in form of an iPhone application.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) in the north of England have developed and rolled out an iPhone application which provides most if not all of the information the new freshers will need for their first week at their new home.

Considering the iPhone is one of the most popular phones and/or mobile devices of our generation, they are utilising the technologies that most people already have, and saving costs in printing and other services as a result.

With this application, features can be added and customised to suit every individual freshman. It includes standard access to university email accounts, availability of campus facilities, entertainment services, local transport links and maps.

With the campus being predominately wireless, it also allows them to save on network operator costs and data charges.

This is a fantastic way of utilising technologies available to many, and for a university to take this step is quite significant. This would ordinarily be the sort of thing the student union may provide, but for an educational establishment to really recognise modern day advancements in mass-user organisation is nothing short of brilliant.

Should all universities and student unions embrace the latest technologies to improve their welcome services for new freshers? Have your say. It's free, you know.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, iPhone, Smartphones

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  • And cue the double standards...

    [i]they are utilising the technologies that
    most people already have[/i]

    Standard #1: When an organization releases
    something that is Windows only because that is
    the technology that most people already have,
    this is evil.

    Standard #2: When an organization releases
    something that is iPhone only because that is
    the technology that most people already have (a
    [b]laughable[/b] assertion considering that
    even Windows Mobile still outsells iPhone,
    let's not even talk about Blackberry and
    Symbian), this is brilliant!

    Cue the double standards...
    NonZealot
    • Don't you ever get sick of 'double standards' straw men?

      If...somehow...the University was making all
      that info available ONLY through the iPhone App
      then you'd have a point. But, they're not. This
      is just another way for students to get access
      to this info. A particularly convenient way,
      but...just one of several ways. The App is
      iPhone only...the info certainly isn't.

      When the BBC or other media entity makes its TV
      shows available online ONLY in a single
      platform format then you can call foul. Because
      that's the ONLY way to get the video stream.
      See the difference?? I knew you could :)

      No double standards...however much you like to
      throw out these transparent comparisons in an
      ongoing (and frankly increasingly tedious)
      attempt to make Apple or the MS enemy du jour
      look bad, sometimes they just don't hold water.
      UGottaBKidding
    • Way to find that cloud

      Leave it to NZ to find a reason to jeer a universities attempt to, you know, get with the 21st century.
      oncall
  • RE: iPhone application for UK university fresher's

    I'd question whether the iphone app is the only way to get the information or if its supplemental to a website. There are a few people out there who have no interest in the iphone or AT&T (or maybe in your case 02?) data plans. Its a good idea if this app is being used in addition to a web page or hand-out, bad idea if its the only way to get the info.
    Loverock Davidson
  • A University article with a glaring grammar mistake in the title...

    I hope some of these students are required to take English lessons. Or perhaps the author of the story.

    "freshers" not "fresher's"

    Editors, anyone?
    CapnJeff
    • Strictly speaking...

      It should be --> freshers' <-- Nevertheless, my editor published this on my behalf, so if he agrees with me, then I'm happy.

      If a mistake occured but everyone agreed that it wasn't, then was it or wasn't it?
      zwhittaker
  • Should all universities and student unions embrace the latest technologies

    not unless the tech is multi-platform. I doubt that every student is going to have an iphone.
    deaf_e_kate
  • RE: iPhone application for UK university fresher's

    if you have itouch or iphone there is an app for university ranking accessible right away on your iphone
    <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/university/id329725064?mt=8">University iPhone App</a>
    ken2244