Derby College puts tech at the heart of vocational courses

Derby College selects Fujitsu to provide 48 new workstation units within its design labs

The upgrade has dramatically improved processing time for students working on 3D gaming, software development, networking and systems support, creative technology and engineering courses at the college.

Derby College offers apprenticeships, A-level, vocational, part-time, adult and higher education courses across Derby and Derbyshire. “The CELSIUS workstations combine a stable platform with fast processing capabilities, which means that students can render 3D games in a third of the time it took with the previous hardware,” said Neil Hutchinson, IT Project Coordinator at Derby College.

The investment is a positive move for the college, as it will give students greater flexibility and time in which to complete their key modules.”

Derby College runs three full-time groups on the games design courses. Until now, students from all three groups have been sharing the 24 CELSIUS workstations that have already been installed, as well as a classroom of off-the-shelf desktop PCs, which do not offer comparable performance to the workstations, thus limiting productivity.

The College is one of the leading centres for games design courses in the UK, along with the University Campus Suffolk, which selected the Fujitsu CELSIUS M730 for use by its students last year. Both establishments have been drawn by the unique design and combination that CELSIUS offers of Intel Core and Xeon processors with a huge variety of both professional and consumer graphics cards, including NVIDIA GeForce graphics – something that is not available on workstations from other vendors. This enables gaming designers to work with the graphics that their target end users will use.

“This success is just the latest in what we hope and expect will be a whole series of deployments of CELSIUS workstations in further education,” said Ash Merchant, Head of Business Development for Education in the Fujitsu Technology Products Group. He added: “We have a very experienced team of education specialists within Fujitsu and we are working closely with our partners to ensure that both we and they fully understand and can meet the needs of education customers.” 

This news follows the announcement of Fujitsu’s Education Ambassadors Programme at BETT last month. The initiative will see schools and colleges across the UK setting up Innovation Hubs equipped with high performance solutions.