Roc Technologies Providing Greater Connectivity at University of East London

Roc Technologies has won the first Phase of the University of East London’s (UEL) upgrade to its entire campus network.

The project, worth £1.3 million, will support the University’s dual delivery model for learning – online and on-campus synchronously – as well lay the foundations of a future connected campus, providing students, tutors, researchers and staff with excellent wireless connectivity, with the ability to adapt and scale to meet the University’s transformation strategy, Vision 2028.

Over the years Roc has provided solutions for a number of the University’s networking projects and built a close working relationship, delivering against aggressive timelines with minimum disruption to teaching and research staff.

This project’s business case and high-level design were rapidly developed over four weeks taking inputs from Wi-Fi surveys, as well as interviews with staff across the University.

The University is in the early stages of its 10-year transformation strategy, Vision 2028, with its digital-first strategy a key enabler in its wider ambitions to enhance student experience and outcomes.

Roc worked closely with key partners and suppliers on the technical design as well as scoping the cabling, power and cooling requirements to take advantage of the opportunity to install the equipment with less disruption, with the impact of Covid-19 reducing the occupation of it’s buildings.  

Dean Curtis, the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor said, “Building a resilient digital-first campus is a priority in the UEL’s Vision 2028. Central to our ambition to become the country’s leading careers-first university is a seamless student experience which, in turn, requires a smart and connected campus environment. This project will set in place the wireless infrastructure that underpins that delivery.”

“The ability for users to wirelessly connect their devices – smart phones, tablets, laptops etc – to the network wherever they are on Campus is essential for the University to deliver a great student experience and we chose Roc as we know they will deliver what we need.”

Amanda Niblett, IT Director at the University of East London

Matt Franklin, CEO at Roc commented, “A secure, scalable and resilient IT infrastructure is critical for the delivery of learning and research. This has been amplified by the challenges associated with providing high quality remote learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. Higher Education is a key sector for Roc and I am delighted that UEL have placed their trust in Roc to be their partner with this key initiative”.