University of Central Lancashire gives students with iPhones a boost

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has become the first university to launch an iPhone App for freshers. The service provides students and staff...

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has become the first university to launch an iPhone App for freshers. The service provides students and staff with the latest information from the Student Union, entertainment listings and maps of the university campus and Preston City Centre.

Director of learning & information services, Michael Ahern, said: "The iPhone application demonstrates how UCLan is increasingly able to support its students in a way that recognises their busy lifestyles, and ensures they are able to get the most from the latest advancements in technology."

The App was developed during the summer recess and makes use of many existing UCLan services. These include fast webmail access, a comprehensive library catalogue, staff directory, a list of campus facilities and the option for students to top-up their printing accounts. Students can also book a meeting room in any of the university libraries by using the iPhone application.

Further plans to enhance the App include making use of the iPhone's location functionality to improve the search of services across campus and a news service. The App can be downloaded free from the Apple App Store and is compatible with both the iPhone and iPod touch.

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