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Leeds University Business School

When the world-renowned, triple-accredited business school at Leeds University recently wanted to revolutionise its teaching environment, they turned to our friends, audio-visual supplier, Universal AV, who showed them that the solution was Clevertouch.

The Challenge

The University of Leeds is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK. The top 100 University is renowned globally for its quality of teaching and research. The University has a leading, full-service business school, regularly world ranked by the Financial Times, QS, and The Economist, and one of a small number of schools worldwide to be triple-accredited by AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS.

In response to the university-wide initiative of moving away from what some see as outdated traditional lecture theatres, the Business School made the decision to go further and mimic the industry’s style of collaboration with their own blend of creativity.

The university required two separate rooms to be tailored as collaborative working spaces. Both rooms had recently been renovated to include a traditional, front of room lectern and projection area. This feature was to be maintained to suit the needs of more traditional lectures/speakers, as appropriate. However, to allow for a collaborative, business style environment, the first room was to be arranged in a style that had multiple screens with clusters of tables to allow for a group work approach to learning.

What the client said

“Feedback on the functionality of the screen praised Clevertouch for the fact it was so much more than an interactive whiteboard. Its simplicity in use and straightforward connectivity was seen as a major plus.“

The solution

The Clevertouch screen was identified as being the most appropriate screen to meet all the levels of functionality the university required. To ensure that the Clevertouch screens would support the university’s technical needs, demonstrations and workshops were held on-site and at Clevertouch Leeds. A product loan followed, where loaned Clevertouch screens were placed in a busy foyer area so it could be stress-tested by academics.

The Enhancement and Innovation team, who are responsible for getting buy-in, training, and encouraging the use of the technology, asserted that confidence has been built in the technology through this program and that academics are eager to embrace the technology and engage students in new methods of learning.

The results

The implementation of the Clevertouch screens in the new collaborative learning suites has been a huge success. In fact, other areas in the university are now looking to adopt a similar approach. The Business School is reportedly delighted with the results of the installation. The spaces are seen as very popular amongst the department’s staff and students and are in very high demand. The Clevertouch Screens are regarded highly due to the writing experience and clarity of detail that can be achieved, which is not always possible on interactive screens, for example with graphs and other data analysis methods, resulting in focused presentations and feedback.

"Other offices are desperate to have the same technology now they have seen how it can work and enhance meetings and creative thinking"

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