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  • The future of learning for higher education

    Award winning installation by Visavvi sets the standard for the future of learning at leading UK University.

    Specialist audio visual systems integrator Visavvi, part of the Saville Group, has received European recognition for a £110m installation at the flagship Lanarkshire campus of University of the West of Scotland.

    The project was recently recognised at the Crestron EMEA Awards at ISE 2019, reaching first position for the hotly contested Best Educational Project category. The extensive project featured ultra-modern technology ensuring the University took the lead in providing student-centred, personalised and inspiring learning and teaching experiences.

    Facilities at the campus based in Hamilton include a 236-seat auditorium, a 60-seat boardroom, 128-capacity conferencing space, plus 65 learning spaces together with multiple huddle zones. Each of the learning spaces feature multiple workstations all with screens linked to the lecturer’s lectern via an AV over IP network. This technology allows any of the workstations output to be shared across any or all of the other screens within the room, or indeed any other location throughout the campus under the control of the lecturer. This flexible approach to content sharing is intuitive to use via a bespoke programmed user interface on the control touch panels.

    The three campus buildings are joined by ‘The Street’, a bright and airy work and social space which includes Exhibition Avenue, a Street Café, information points and areas to sit and study or socialise in. An imposing 24 screen videowall plus a network of digital signage screens managed by a central content management server ensure everyone is kept up to date with the latest news and information.

    The complete audio visual environment is monitored, managed and scheduled by a central cloud management service. Providing instant room availability information with capability to reserve rooms at the touch of a button, the system also provides real time information on equipment status. Any issues are instantly highlighted to the inhouse AV team who are then able to quickly resolve problems, ensuring maximum functionality of the facilities.

    “We have invested in inspiring and flexible learning and teaching spaces packed with rich technology to give staff and students access to some of the most modern university facilities in the UK,” says David Johnston, Assistant Director of ICT at UWS. “The campus has been designed to immerse students and staff in the educational experience, with students enjoying a significantly enriched learning journey. The project was delivered on time and on budget despite additional rooms being incorporated. Visavvi with whom we have a long ongoing partnership, have once again delivered our vision. Reliability and support are of vital importance to our reputation as a leading university.”

    With its technology-rich, innovative learning and social spaces, plus environmental eco-friendly facilities, UWS Lanarkshire is at the forefront of modern learning environments.

    For more information visit the Visavvi website: visavvi.com

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