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AIBU to sneak into uni lectures even though i'm not a student

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Lecture Wed 24-Feb-16 13:53:25

I am in fact a SAHM blush. We live in a university town and every Wednesday my DM has the baby for the morning so I get a break. About a month ago I ordered a book from waterstones and picked it up from the university branch. I'd never been on the campus before and couldn't believe there was no security or need to show any student ID. After i'd been to Waterstones I got a cup of coffee at one of the cafes and had a wander round the grounds.

Its lovely there, lots of (cheap) restaurants and cafeterias and you don't need to show ID to use them shock

The next week I went there for lunch and looked around the library for a few hours.

Today I was wandering around and sat on the bench outside the lecture hall. There were hundreds of students milling around and the lecture schedule on a big flat screen TV on the outside wall. Anyway i watched them going in to each room and there were loads of spaces in the halls (big double doors open so i could see in). Then I was looking at the schedule and there were lots of interesting sounding lectures on. It suddenly occurred to me that i could probably just go in and sit in on one without being noticed by anyone. There were quite a few mature students so I don't think i'd stick out too much.

Now i'm home I think I might be being a bit mental (and possibly a bit post natal) to consider essentially stealing lectures I haven't paid for. I haven't told DH or DM i've been hanging around the uni blush

AIBU (or do you think I could get away with it)

BTW, can't believe the username Lecture wasn't taken!

MajesticWhine Wed 24-Feb-16 13:55:45

YABU. It sounds great though. Why don't you enrol on a degree course for next academic year? (I'm an eternal student)

derektheladyhamster Wed 24-Feb-16 13:56:38

I'd love to go and listen to some lectures (and not have to do any work afterwards!)

No idea on the ethics/legalities though!

Littlefluffyclouds81 Wed 24-Feb-16 13:57:10

I'm at uni as a mature student. If you went into one of the bigger lectures you'd definitely get away with it! Some of my lectures have 300 people in, some of them 15.

You do sound a bit bonkers but I have actually considered sneaking into other lectures too! Have you thought about actually being a student, legitimately?

Primaryteach87 Wed 24-Feb-16 13:57:33

Do it!

LaurieFairyCake Wed 24-Feb-16 13:59:35

Do it if there's no ID taken. I would like a shot.

PollyPocket100 Wed 24-Feb-16 14:00:01

When I was at uni I went to a load of lectures I shouldn't have been in because they looked interesting! Go for it.

UpWithPup Wed 24-Feb-16 14:00:23

I don't think YABU, I bet as long as you choose a bit lecture with lots of students no one would notice and it's not like anyone else would miss out with you being there - the lecturer doesn't have any more work to do because there are 201 people rather than 200.

theycallmemellojello Wed 24-Feb-16 14:00:32

Go for it - at many unis they're open to the public anyway. Oxford and Cambridge publish their lecture timetables. Other unis you'll have more difficulty actually tracking them down. But if the lectures are not open to all then only go to big ones so you're not challenged.

SellFridges Wed 24-Feb-16 14:00:55

You could check what public lectures are available. Most universities run a great programme.

liz70 Wed 24-Feb-16 14:02:35

It's ethically dubious - people who aren't awarded grants have to pay hundreds or thousands of pounds to attend courses. I'd be worried in case someone in authority asked for ID some time. Maybe see if you're entitled to a grant if you wish to take a course yourself? Also many unis do free public lectures, presumably including this one. You could check them out.

bigbluebus Wed 24-Feb-16 14:02:38

If you've got the front to do it, then go for it. Can't imagine they'd take any action if you got caught other than to tell you not to do it again. I'm sure there'll be plenty of students who are paying to be there who are absent from the lectures!

Micah Wed 24-Feb-16 14:03:27

I sense an opportunity- some students would pay you to go and sign their attendance/take notes while they stay in bed!

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Wed 24-Feb-16 14:03:27

Go on, most lecturers are constantly depressed by how poor the turnout is so you would be helping to cheer them up!

Probably is a bit unethical but if you can get away with it, do it.

Lecture Wed 24-Feb-16 14:03:41

I was thinking if someone asked i'd just say oops i'm in the wrong room.

No I have no interest in taking a degree!

hellsbells99 Wed 24-Feb-16 14:04:54

My DD is at university and has sneaked into maths lectures a couple of times (she is not a maths student).

Lecture Wed 24-Feb-16 14:05:39

I don't think i'd want to go to a public one at night time or something.

I think I just like wandering around and pretending i'm a student blush. Like I said, possibly a bit post natal at the moment!

ilovesooty Wed 24-Feb-16 14:07:13

I think you should only attempt to access lectures available to the general public.
At my last place of study if you were on campus without your ID security asked you to leave.

liz70 Wed 24-Feb-16 14:09:38

The public lectures are sometimes held in the afternoon.

VoldysGoneMouldy Wed 24-Feb-16 14:10:16

Yes, YABU - people have paid a lot of money to sit in those lectures.

That said, I do completely understand. I would love to do the same.

If you need a change of scene, and to be someone that isn't a mum for a while (and this reads as being about that), then have a look at some of the free public lectures that are on in most towns fairly regularly.

Marzipants Wed 24-Feb-16 14:11:42

Go! Though maybe take a pen and paper with you so you look like a student. Though I could be showing my age there... Is it all tablets these days?

PennyHasNoSurname Wed 24-Feb-16 14:12:09

What Id would you possibly have though? My campus was just a smattering of buildings in and around the city. No "borders". No ID issued.

zoemaguire Wed 24-Feb-16 14:12:18

"It's ethically dubious - people who aren't awarded grants have to pay hundreds or thousands of pounds to attend courses"

OP isn't handing in her essays to be marked! It is no odds to the lecturer or anybody else whether there are 50 or 51 people in the lecture hall - it's a lecture, not a seminar. And as somebody said upthread, some universities see lectures as public anyway. Go for it OP! As an ex-uni lecturer I'd have been delighted to lecture to people who had actively chosen to turn up for the hell of it! That kind of intellectual curiosity is what universities are supposed to be there for, though increasingly are not.

MouldyPeach Wed 24-Feb-16 14:13:53

All universities have security and I think you're bound to be spotted sooner or later and asked for ID. They may tell you to keep it with you, they may escort you off the premises, either way you wouldn't be able to show your face again.
Would videos of lectures do it for you?

Vanderwaals Wed 24-Feb-16 14:15:39

You'd definitely get away with it.
I felt tempted to do that with other lectures.
My uni had many open lectures anyway.

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