PEOPLE who regularly download music and videos from iTunes will now be able to connect directly to a Midland university.
The University of Warwick is the first university in the West Midlands to establish an iTunesU service.
Exclusive material featuring best-selling children’s author Jacqueline Wilson and acclaimed writer Alain de Botton will be among the first to be added to the new service, while other highlights include lectures and talks from the archive of the last ten years of the Writers at Warwick programme.
There is audio material from author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, Chocolat author Joanna Harris and playwright and author Michael Frayn.
Warwick on iTunesU – which is available at http://itunes.warwick.ac.uk – will be launched today.
It will provide free access to more than 300 films and podcasts produced with academic staff and students.
Content for the service covers a wide range of subjects including history, maths, arts and culture and science.
Popular science fiction writer and Warwick mathematician Ian Stewart has contributed to a series of short math challenges films, while some of the latest work by poet and director of the university’s Warwick Writing Programme David Morley is also featured.
Warwick on iTunesU will also include student-generated content, starting with a series of films from undergraduate students in chemistry.
Professor Nigel Thrift, Vice Chancellor of the University of Warwick, said: “iTunesU is an important resource for the university allowing us to share our outstanding academic research and teaching community with learners and academics worldwide.
“iTunesU is an important way for us to bring new communities of interest into the academic conversation.”
Over the next few months material from the newly-launched £50,000 Warwick Prize for Writing will be added to Warwick on iTunesU. This award will be given biennially for an excellent and substantial piece of writing in the English language.
The first Prize will be handed out this year and award-winning writer China Miéville is chairing the judging panel.
The iTunesU service is the work of the university’s Warwick Digital Press, established to develop digital content in conjunction with the university’s academics.