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University of Westminster

The Client

The University of Westminster was founded in 1938 and was the first polytechnic in the UK. It has a diverse student community, with more than 20,000 from 150 nations. The University has four campuses in London, which are home to five faculties. Three of their campuses are in central London and one is in Harrow, north west London.

The Project

In 2015, the University launched one of the largest Apple iPad deployments in UK higher education, with the aim of revolutionising student learning at the University.

All teaching staff (280) and undergraduate students (3,000) in the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) are now provided with an iPad from the start of their course through to graduation. With this new initiative, the University aims to create an innovative and unique educational experience for both students and lecturers by improving and advancing student learning and teaching at the University.

4C Strategies were appointed to assist the University with the project from inception through to deployment of mobile devices to all FST staff and students.

How 4C Helped

4C Strategies were first appointed by the University to assist with the definition of requirements and the procurement of a supplier for the provision of mobile devices and a managed service wrap which covered the deployment, collection, re-cycling and support for all mobile devices.

Following this, a formal procurement process was undertaken, a supplier was selected to provide a managed service solution based on the use of iPads as the mobile device for staff and students.

Once a supplier had been selected, 4C Strategies was appointed as the Project Manager with responsibility for managing the initial set-up deployment of iPads to staff and students, the set-up of the associated managed service and the subsequent management of the supplier and subsequent collection, re-cycling and additional iPad deployments.

The Project Management role also covered the change management required to engage academics and students to transform their teaching and learning experiences. This included managing an annual training programme for staff and students, as well as working with staff Digital Leaders and student Digital Ambassadors to actively encourage best practice when using the iPads in the classroom.

Outcome / Benefits

The overall outcome of the 4C project is that the University has started to transform teaching and learning for FST students. Key highlights of the project are as follows:

  • The overall outcome of the 4C project is that the University has started to transform teaching and learning for FST students. Key highlights of the project are as follows:
  • Providing students with iPads has enabled them to interact more closely with lecturers and learn through collaboration both before, during and after their formal teaching sessions;
  • Students and staff are now able to share content easily using the tools available on the iPad. They can also interact easily through the use of video and audio content using a single platform;
  • The iPads have provided the students with the ability to continue to learn from anywhere.

University of Westminster

The University of Westminster was founded in 1938 and was the first polytechnic in the UK. It has a diverse student community, with more than 20,000 from 150 nations.

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Donna O'Kane

“Dave very quickly gained a solid understanding of our requirements, some of which are unique due to history and geography in Northern Ireland. He brought an unsurpassed level of market and technical knowledge relating to unified communications and demonstrated a unique ability to balance any business or technical challenges that arose as the project progressed. Dave worked as a genuine member of our team forming strong working relationships with, and most importantly gaining the trust of, all of our stakeholders, ranging from telecommunications staff, through senior academics, to our board directors.”

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Sue Grace, Director Corporate and Customer Services

"4C became a valuable member of our project team by producing high quality documentation, helping us to understand the UK marketplace and playing a full and proactive role in the evaluation. The 4C procurement ‘tool-set’ fully captured our requirements and allowed the suppliers to clearly articulate their proposals at all stages of the Competitive Dialogue. If you have a need for an independent ICT consultancy we would have no hesitation in recommending 4C Strategies."

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Steve Mattern, Associate Director of IM&T

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Trevor Nelms, Director of Business Technology

"4C Strategies has assisted in a range of complex ICT projects, from inception through to deployment, and demonstrate a rare ability to bring together technical expertise with business acumen and tight project management skills"

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Tony Weir, Director of IT Infrastructure

"We chose 4C as a strategic partner to help the University manage a large-scale project to modernise the University’s telephony service.  This project involved full upgrade to the University’s VoIP infrastructure and migrating over 5,000 analogue extensions to the new system.  4C where chosen for their expert skills in telephony, the quality of their strategic advice and their ability to manage a business-critical project, all of which have proved invaluable in assisting the University to deliver a successful project."

University of Westminster
Thierry Delaitre, Head of FST Technical Services Department

"4C has played a key role in defining and delivering this important Mobile Learning project for the Faculty of Science and Technology. Their technical skills, relationship with the wider University, sector knowledge and project & change management skills have significantly contributed to the success of this project and its transition to Business As Usual"

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