January 2013

Another contract win for MASS in the education UTC sector

MASS, a Cohort plc company and leading specialist in the integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the services contract for the University Technical College Sheffield.  The contract covers the design, installation and support (second and third line) of the ICT system, plus supplementary on-site support as required.

This success follows the recent completion of a similar contract for the supply of ICT services to Aston UTC as well as several other schools and colleges in the UK. MASS won this latest contract because of the quality of its offer, track record and significant systems engineering heritage, and its offer, which demonstrated a clear understanding of UTC Sheffield’s innovative approach to learning.

MASS will be responsible for the entire ICT solution along with providing help with curriculum software and interacting with local partners. The active infrastructure contains communications systems, switches, routers and Wi-Fi, while the passive infrastructure provides data points and network points. The servers and storage solutions will be local and will also take advantage of the Cloud.

UTC Sheffield’s new, purpose-built, three-storey building, costing £9.9 million, which opens in September 2013, will be fitted with a print management system, personal computers, tablets and will offer students the chance to bring their own devices (BYOD) to the college. Digital signage information screens will be placed at strategic points around the building, with CCTV and access controls providing on-site security.

Nick Crew, Principal at UTC Sheffield commented,  "The UTC Sheffield will provide a rounded education blending academic qualifications with specialist skills for industry. ICT will be embedded within the fabric of the UTC, which will be equipped with the latest technologies and multi media facilities to support students' learning and teaching."

He added: "I am delighted to have secured a partner in MASS which has the capability to meet this challenging vision and work in partnership to deliver a personalised system that will meet current demands and the emerging technologies of the future."

Ashley Lane, Managing Director at MASS said, "As an engineering and technology business, we relate strongly to the aims of UTC Sheffield and we are very pleased to be working with the college to deliver a tailored ICT solution.  Preliminary and off-site pre-staging work on the project has already commenced and we are working closely with the build partner, Wates Construction, and the UTC to ensure the newly constructed site, in the heart of Sheffield’s creative and digital industries sector, is fit for purpose when opened to students in September 2013."

 

Architects' drawing of UTC Sheffield