The recording of lectures should be a university wide requirement for every single department, course, level etc

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I am the student rep for my cohort and we are a small group (less than 15) and two+ students expressed a need for lectures to be recorded, these students turn up to lectures, put in lots of effort and make good use of all resources, but the reasoning some lecturers I spoke to about it during the feedback process, was that recordings would mean students wouldn’t turn up to lectures, and that some lecturers just don’t want to do the recordings due to the extra effort. I find this completely unacceptable. Even if one student would benefit from those recordings, the lecturers should have a responsibility to do it, we are already overpaying for our education and it is the lecturers responsibility to do everything they can during contact time to help us learn better, so that when we are doing all of our independent work, we have everything possible available to us. I have been told that some of my cohort could choose to record lectures themselves. This, again, is unacceptable. This raises issues with gdpr, the quality of recordings would not be good, and it would require the students paying for a recording device, when their fees have already paid for our university to install professional recording equipment. It is awful that this equipment is not being used and our students are suffering for it. This should be a university wide requirement, because every student deserves to be given the same resources, and the same chance to further their education. If one lecturer on one module on one course can do it, why can’t every lecturer for every department do it?

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  • This idea opened on 04 May 2020 and closes for voting on 01 June 2020.
  • This idea has passed through the Executive and Student Council and will go to the Trustee Board to be scrutinised.


Emily Prior
7:51pm on 14 May 20 Honestly I would really benefit from recordings! I have health issues which sometimes means I miss out on lectures, so having it be recorded would help me keep up rather than panic about falling behind
Matthew Lloyd-Thorne
11:46pm on 12 May 20 I don't think lecturers should have to record. I would rather have them focus on the lesson plan then think about recording all the time. If students come across a problem during their independent study time, I believe they are plenty of resources to help them. If not they can always ask. I do believe recording will make students lazy
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