Trinketization must-have item of the week! this new electronic gadget from Opticon: website http://www.opticon.co.uk is a barcode scanner about to be rolled out at Queen Mary, to be used by seminar leaders to register attendance at seminars by scanning students’ ID cards.
[i am reliably informed from deep inside the administrative apparatus]
forget the new iphone five, this is the trinket you need for the proper management of scholarship in the knowledge economy
its sleek design makes it an oh so slick silver status object, with curved corners™
first an arm and a leg in fees, then electronic tagging as the staff are made agents of UKBA. FFS.
A reminder of the Centre for Cultural Studies position against being agents of the Border regime here.
—– Forwarded Message —–
MESSAGE FROM CCLS Director and Head of Dept, Laws
As a result of the tightening of immigration rules, from this academic year
onwards all universities must monitor students’ lecture attendance on an
ongoing basis. This encompasses students from all postgraduate taught
programmes. The attendance monitoring exercise will require the assistance
of academic staff members and guest speakers teaching postgraduate modules.
We have purchased scanners that read students ID cards. There is one scanner
per module. Each module convener must ensure that the person responsible
for the weekly lecture brings the scanner into the class, gives it to
students to record their attendance and brings it back to CCLS/Mile End
reception as appropriate.
It is VITAL that this is done every week as continuity is required when
checking for absence.
Modules taught at LIF OR CH SQ can collect and return scanners to LIF
Modules taught at Mile End OR at IALS by department staff can collect and
return scaners to Mile End Law Reception
We will start the monitoring exercise from week one, although for the first
two weeks it is trial run as class lists are not yet known. Your help in
implementing this is very important. As you know, foreign students are vital
for us and we must do what is required by the authorities to ensure our
right to sponsor student visas is not affected.
If you have any queries please contact Aqib (Ext. 8091 A.Khan@qmul.ac.uk or
Wendy Ext 8104 email@example.com).
There are some basic guidance notes attached -
Many thanks in advance for your collaboration with this task.
Spyros and Valsamis