Young Universities Summit: Track phones to improve campus, says v-c

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New universities must seek innovative ways to improve the student experience rather than simply mimicking older institutions, says Peter Coaldrake. Tracking the movement of students around campus using mobile phone data can help universities to improve teaching and learning facilities, a leading vice-chancellor has said.

Speaking ahead of the Times Higher Education Young Universities Summit, which takes place in Barcelona from 5 to 7 April, Peter Coaldrake, vice-chancellor and president of the Queensland University of Technology, said that more universities should seek to find out more about where students are based and where they are learning.

Professor Coaldrake, the current chair of Universities Australia, who is one of the keynote speakers at this week’s conference at Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University, said that his institution had tracked the mobile phones of its 50,000 students to identify where they spent cost of their time.