Supporting colleges in their journey to the Cloud

By Karen Reece

Colleges are getting bigger, in terms of both numbers and geographies and this is a trend set to continue with mergers and academies progressing. How colleges engage with their students and staff effectively and efficiently across disparate campuses could become yet another concern for colleges to manage. This is coupled with the demands of college students expecting to engage with their college when and where they want to and all via their favourite medium: their smartphone.


A growing trend

By hosting systems in the Cloud a solution, colleges can continue to provide systems to support their staff and students but with a host of benefits and flexibility. And, at Capita FHE, we have become increasingly conscious of a rise in both FE and HE institutions that want the option to move away from traditional on-premises solutions to receiving their services in the Cloud.


Latest appointment

Positioning us as a champion of hosting, I’m pleased to announce that Capita FHE has been appointed to Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) G-Cloud 9 framework on the Digital Marketplace.

With G-Cloud 9, further and higher education institutions can purchase the IT products and services they need from Capita, simply and securely. A hosted solution also eliminates the need for staff to maintain on-site servers, carry out data backups or manage software upgrades, saving time and freeing them to focus on technology that supports teaching and learning.


Silver linings

Being in the Cloud gives students and staff the freedom to access the information they need on any device, whenever they want it, wherever they are. For instance, a hosted option allows for staff and employers to better support students who are studying off-site, as part of an apprenticeship or a work-based learning opportunity. An employer could add notes on a student’s progress to their college from a tablet device, a tutor could find out whether a young person is arriving to their work placement on time and a student could check their timetable each morning, from wherever they happen to be.  


Find out more

Get in touch with Capita FHE to discover our hosted solutions by emailing enquiries@capitafhe.co.uk or calling 01285 647500. You can learn more about the G-Cloud 9 framework by visiting https://digitalmarketplace.blog.gov.uk/category/gcloud/  or www.gov.uk/digital-marketplace. You can also read our press release.

 

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