Coventry University: Building an ed-tech hub
(Norwich, UK, 10/08/2018)
Chosen to host three national Centres of Excellence in Teaching and Learning, investing in health, design and mathematics, Coventry University has forged successful business partnerships with leading research and academic partners on every continent.
With the launch of new and emerging technologies, the University has sought to take risks and remain a place of academic excellence.
“We talk about the “Coventry Way,” which to me is all about the agile and dynamic environment in which we operate. We seek opportunities across all operating environments and, in some instances, act like a start-up by pushing boundaries to positively disrupt ourselves as well as our industry,” explains Deputy Chief Digital Information Officer, Simon Launder.
Housing an exceptional IT team, as well as a former Olympic and World Short Track Speed Skater, the division is set to establish high performance across its digital transformation and has retained its title of top modern university from The Guardian in its University Guide 2019 for the 7th year in a row, as well as many other accolades.
“As an organisation, we need to maintain pace and agility” Launder adds. “IT is supporting a dynamic environment that stretches far beyond the Coventry city boundary. We have a campus in Scarborough, two in London and a global presence with operations and opportunities for students to study for a Coventry University degree outside of the UK with one of our partners across 32 countries or through our online learning business.
“We are a global organisation and we have to adapt to that. We must be flexible in our approach, but we've also got to be operationally sound and secure in our delivery as we support over 50,000 students’ who require access to data, products and services at any time from any location.”
To read the full interview, read the Europe edition of Business Chief.