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Haringey Sixth Form College case study interview conducted with John Mansfield – Head of Campus and Estates – on the redesigning of Haringey Sixth Form Learning Resource Centre and implementation of the LapSafe Flex Lockers…
Was the college already using products supplied by LapSafe when you joined the team at Haringey?
“When I first arrived in 2014 at the college, there were LapSafe trolleys being used across the college campus which are still going strong and working great. I bought additional LapSafe trolleys this year which have even been colour-coded to match our college colours, which we are really pleased about”.
What part of the college was being updated and why?
“A decision was made to redevelop the area around the LRC (Learning Resource Centre) which had a catering section that wasn’t being used. This area at the time had a few fixed PCs, and we wondered whether to keep them, or go all laptops.
“So, initially we looked at putting different types of laptop trolleys in the space, and while they’re great for other areas across the college, this new space needed to be different.
“We chatted to those redesigning the space, along with LapSafe, and decided that the idea of installing the Flex lockers along with the fixed PC units would be ideal, and look so much better. It would also make the space more usable for students and mean we’d have a total of 90 computers – either laptops or fixed PCs – available.
“I attended the Bett Show in London and visited the LapSafe stand where I saw the self-service Diplomat lockers. These were over our budget, but we were looking for something like them that offered us both the service and security we wanted with the right look and at the right price.
“So, when LapSafe developed the new Flex lockers, they contacted us, and these were exactly what we were looking for.”
How was the process from order to delivery?
“All went fine. I processed the order through Capita, our chosen IT provider, and it was really straightforward. The price was really quite acceptable for what we needed.
“The idea with the Innovation Centre started in the early part of last year and was completed in the summer. We added our own bits and pieces, and it has worked really well.
“We had the Flex units put in on a Friday, they charged the devices over the weekend and the students started using them on the Monday morning. We haven’t needed to contact LapSafe support at all, as they are working really well.
“It is all about the student experience and what helps them through their day here at college, and they can work in the Innovation Centre until 6pm if they need to have access to IT.”
How do students borrow a laptop from the FLEX Units?
“All the laptops are asset tagged with a number, and we have our staff working in the Innovation Centre. A student will come in and ask for a laptop, we take their ID card and then a staff member assigns them a laptop to use. When they have finished using it everything goes back in the locker all neat and tidy ready to charge for the next student to use.
“We use Office 365, so the laptops are cloud-based as we are driving the students to use all cloud-based virtual learning environments. It works really well they sit in the booths or at the tables and just work, so the whole of the room really is a calm place to be.”
Would you recommend FLEX to other colleges?
“Definitely. They look very smart and really fit in with the surroundings. The staff and students love the look of them. They can be colour coordinated and are very secure.
“Because we have a member of staff to allocate the laptops, we can tell how many are loaned. We would definitely use them again they are the best and most cost-effective solution we found.”
The LapSafe FLEX range of personal storage and charging lockers has been designed to support agile working by maximising workspace and allowing users to access individual charging locker bays at any time.
The FLEX locker range is our most flexible and cost-effective charging lockers for Laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, mobile phones or any other personal items.
For more information on the LapSafe Flex Lockers visit lapsafe.com or call 01787 226 166.
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