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Student paper raps £100,000 spend on Apple products by University of Exeter

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 28, 2012

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The University of Exeter has defended spending nearly £100,000 on Apple products for its staff.

According to information obtained by the independent student newspaper Exeposé, some 132 iPads and 91 iPhones were purchased by the university since 2010.

A spokesman for the university argued that it was becoming increasingly necessary for staff to use such devices at work: "The rise in the use of iPads, iPhones and Blackberries simply reflects the 24/7 nature of the world of work. It has become normal for us to have to deal with queries in the evenings, at weekends and even when we are on holiday."

Nick Davies, president of the Students' Guild claimed cheaper alternatives should have been sourced by the university.

Mr Davies said: "Cheaper alternatives could have been purchased while still aiding the green impact and increasingly paperless environment of the university.

"Additional accessories beyond the necessary (such as a charger, which should come supplied with the product) should not be covered in this expenditure."

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