British universities to stop students from wearing smartwatches during exams

Device manufacturers clearly believe that smartwatches are the next big thing as more and more are jumping on the wearable bandwagon. Although smartwatches are growing in popularity, you won’t be allowed to wear a smartwatch when taking your exams in universities around the UK.

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Speaking to BuzzFeed, the University of London said it has “joined with other British universities in stopping students from wearing any watches into exam halls.”

It said in a statement, “Last year, colleagues and invigilators raised the issue of how we would identify a smartwatch in an examination setting. In large exam venues, with over 100 students, it simply wouldn’t be practical to ask invigilators to check each watch. We conducted some sector research in the autumn term of 2014 and learned that a number of universities have recently introduced a similar policy.”

It added, “Students are already asked to place mobile phones in a plastic wallet under their desk, so we adopted the same procedure for watches. Students either don’t wear them to an exam venue, or they remove the watch in the venue and place it in the plastic wallet.

“We also increased the number of large wall clocks available in the examination venues, bought small desk clocks for any student who requests one as well as a small quantity of RNIB-approved desk clocks for use by any student who needs one.

“We regularly review exam procedures to ensure that no student has an unfair advantage over any other student. We are really pleased that our students have adopted this new policy so readily.”

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