‘App’ aims to tempt students

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POTENTIAL students at the West Suffolk College campus of University Campus Suffolk are getting a virtual reality tour on the courses and university life.

A new interactive application or app for smartphones and media tablets allows prospective students to see moving images by scanning static graphics.

UCS has teamed up with Aurasma, the world’s leading augmented reality platform, to develop the new UCS Connect app and is thought to be the first university in the UK to use the free technology to augment its prospectus.

The Cambridge-based company says 13 per cent of its usage is within the education sector.

Prof Mike Saks, UCS Provost, said: “This use of Aurasma’s technology is a very good example of how we are always looking forward and pushing boundaries to develop new and exciting opportunities for our students.”

On Monday, representatives from the university began visting education conventions across the country to introduce prospective students to the new technology and telling them about the degrees available at the Waterfront campus in Ipswich and at West Suffolk College.