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Scandal-Hit Plymouth Uni's Next Blooper: A £300,000 Screen Which Can't Play Video

06/11/2014 10:33 GMT | Updated 06/11/2014 10:59 GMT
Plymouth University

You would have thought if you were blowing £300,000 on a 30ft video screen you'd want it to show video, right?

Not Plymouth University. The scandal-hit institution is installing the monster screen even though they are only allowed to use it for still images - as it is visible from two major roads and could distract drivers.

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A spokesperson for the university said it will show time-lapsed images.

Plymouth recently decided to splurge £150,000 on seven chairs. Earlier this year, it blew £24,000 on a staff trip to Miami, where they stayed in the luxurious Shore Club Hotel, described as a party "playground for the jet-set".

Vice chancellor Wendy Purcell, who was recently given a vote of no confidence from her staff, was also found to have taken a first-class rail journey on average once every eight days over the past three years, costing nearly £15,000.

The Telegraph reported the union's regional official Philippa Davey saying: "We are shocked that you would spend that amount of money for something that's just going to be showing still images."

A university spokesman said: "The university was fully aware of the planning terms from the outset, indeed planning permissions were granted and understood well before the project was finally approved and the screen ordered."