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University of Westminster Law Lecture Recordings

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For years, students of the University of Westminster's Law school (based in Little Titchfield Street, you know the one that is pretty much ignored by the SU?) have called for their lectures to be recorded, so as to assist during the revision process and for the purpose of note referral. In the constant denial for this request, the University's reasons have included: 1. Copyright issues; 2. Permission issues (from those who ask questions); 3. A possible reduction in lecture attendance. However, as students, we have called this concept up, time and time again, only for it to fallen upon one of the above grounds. There doesn't appear to be an interest in pursuing the matter any further, which has called for the students to act. We argue in relation to the above grounds that: 1. Copyright issues - Other educational establishments and even modules/courses offered by the University have been able to provide recorded lectures. This shows that such copyright issues are overestimated, and if there is a will, there is a way. 2. Permission issues - Look at the petition. Need we say more? 3. Decrease in volumes of attendance - Final challenge to the argument that attendance levels will drop, is that students will attend or not attend the lecture, regardless if there are technological aids. If anything, we think with the introduction of technological aids for students, this would decrease the amount of e-mails received by tutors to questions already answered during lectures, and would also boost student's grades in return. Which, it would be arguable to suggest that this would benefit the University, as more students will be achieving higher grades, and would be represented in terms of the University's higher position within the numerous University guides published by the national tabloids. Therefore, the objective of this online petition is to attempt to gain at least 100 online signatories to show hard evidence, that this is what students require in order to further prosper at University. 

In addition, I will be making sure that we send this list to the Dean of the Law school and all appropriate high-ranking faculty. We want proof that it's being considered, and that it is a concept that will be trialed.

 Róisín Coney & Nicolas Barritt


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