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Scot students' fume over lessons in "internet free" church

by on29 September 2022

They can take away our freedom but they cannae take away our wi-fi

Angry students at the University of Glasgow have blasted the decision to make them sit through lectures in a 19th-century church which does not have wi-fi.

The church does not have wi-fi and was designed for the days when going to Church in Scotland was a duty where you sacrified comfort because Jesus liked his followers to be dour and in pain.  

To make matters worse the church is holding lectures for politics and psychology scholars, some who are paying £19,000 a year to take their degree courses. Lecturers stand at the lectern delivering modules rather than sermons.

The church, a short walk from the uni library, will be used until Christmas.

Second-year student Evan told student newspaper The Tab: “There’s no eduroam extension (student WiFi) so I have to use my data and hotspot to take notes on my laptop which sits on my knees since it doesn’t fit on the tiny little ledge for the bibles. When it’s sunny the light comes right through the stained glass and you can’t see the projector screen.

The church as the space, which can hold up to 1,000 people, only has one entrance through which students can come in. The church website suggests it’s still functioning as a normal church as well as an impromptu University of Glasgow lecture theatre.

A spokesperson for the University of Glasgow said: “Our ongoing campus redevelopment plan has recently added a state-of-the-art learning centre and the Advanced Research Centre to our learning and teaching capacity. We are making use of a few teaching rooms close to campus while refurbishment work is underway across our campus.”

Still it could be worse, the last time I entered a church, I burst into flames.


Last modified on 30 September 2022
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