Inspiring change; University of Northampton to transform student experience with Cisco
Digital Business, Education, Networking
Digital and physical environments to be interwoven, with intent-based networking at new Waterside campus
London, UK – 24th May 2018 – With a mission to transform lives and inspire change, the University of Northampton aspires to help its students be the best they possibly can be. Recognising that today’s students are networked individuals, consuming information in constantly evolving ways, the university has selected Cisco to help ensure that its new campus is digital, intelligent and highly secure from the outset.
The university’s new £330million Waterside campus, set to open in September 2018, will be a brand new university, purpose built to meet the changing requirements of students. From the Wi-Fi used by students and teachers, to a network that can understand and fulfil intent with machine learning, the technology interwoven in the new physical campus will support new ways of teaching and learning, further positioning the University of Northampton as a digital leader in Higher Education.
With actionable visibility into everything that happens on its network, even in identifying threats in encrypted traffic, the University is creating a digital foundation that will help it rapidly evolve with the pace of technology change.
Rob Palfreman, Head of IT Services, University of Northampton commented: “The requirements of our students are entirely different from even ten years ago. We have to move away from the traditional approach of just delivering ‘broadcast’ style lectures, and start to engage in new ways through our collaborative Active Blended Learning teaching model. We believe that technology is the disruptor that will help us do that, which is why we have chosen to work with Cisco to embed the digital into the physical from the outset.”
He continued “The infrastructure that we are deploying with Cisco will give us the ability to see and solve issues before they happen, to support the ambition of our students and to ensure that as a business we are competitive in our industry. Cisco has worked closely with us from the start, and we are delighted with what we have been able to achieve collectively so far.”
Martin Butler, Head of Further Education, Cisco UK & Ireland said, “Technology that learns and adapts is not just a thing of the future; a network driven by intent understands what you need to achieve and makes it happen. For the University of Northampton, the connectivity, automation and simplified management of an intent-based network will allow them to focus on delivering the best possible experience for their students, with the knowledge that their network is highly secure, built for purpose and programmable at the click of a button. This network will create a foundation for the university, so it can meet the needs of students today and into the future.”
He added: ”It’s been a fantastic journey, and we’re excited to be helping the University realise their ambition in the new Waterside campus.”
Intent-based networking represents a fundamentally different way of building and managing modern networks. The integrated system anticipates actions, is able to stop security threats in their tracks, and continues to learn, adapt and evolve. The University of Northampton is deploying key elements of Cisco® intent-based networking technology, including:
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