Some universities are using digital fingerprints to confirm that students from abroad are attending classes.
One institution that is taking this approach is the University of Sunderland. The school has installed fingerprint scanning devices to monitor attendance at lectures at its London campus. This method is replacing the use of traditional paper records.
The fingerprint data will be destroyed once the students leave the university, according to the school’s compliance manager, Ms. Davison. She also said that students appear to be happy with the system.
Universities such as Newcastle have tried similar initiatives, but after consulting with the student council, they decided to scrap the plans because the students would feel like they were “under surveillance”.