It looks like that time of the year has finally come, when the 9am start is just too much for most SoC students and lecture attendance starts to drop off sharply. This mornings SY21 lecture was a prime example with what was a full lecture theatre at the start of term having more empty seats in it than full ones. This is rather worrying considering we are only half way through the term and in many modules the most challenging content is yet to come.

The plus side to all of this is that walking around on campus and in buildings is that much easier as less students means less of a crush, so if you fancied waking up 5 minutes later but didn’t because of the amount of time taken to traverse red route in the mornings, you may in fact be able to get those precious few extra minutes in bed now ;)

I thought it was worth mentioning on SoC Gossip that is has now been confirmed that LUU have an anti-blogging policy for employees of the union that prevents them from talking about their job, the union, people they work with or anything in between.

Id like to make a personal and general point that this seems to be a smack in the face for the principles of free speech that every university students union is normally is so proud to support. I urge all bloggers in the school of computing and beyond that you should not allow yourselves to be intimidated by LUU policies. If you want to blog you should feel free to do so. If you are threatened by LUU about your blog we at SoC gossip want to hear about it. If necessary we will put you in touch with the free legal advice you need to find out where you stand.

We support free speech wholeheartedly and are dismayed at the unions policies on this. Please voice your views on this issue in the comments section.

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