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.
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.
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.
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: