IT Solutions & Services for Education

At Nexus we understand that, like every pupil, every academic institution is unique and has a distinct set of requirements and challenges that they face each day. We can help schools, colleges and universities to overcome and conquer these issues. We believe that by having a consistently reliable ICT infrastructure, your organisation can successfully integrate IT across the curriculum, instil teaching staff with confidence in technology and raise productivity by streamlining IT and communication processes.

We have a dedicated IT for Education Team who are qualified and CRB checked, consisting of specialist sales consultants, systems engineers and software developers. Nexus recognise that the education sector has distinct demands and there is a continual drive to reduce costs and management overhead. We can help you to select the most appropriate IT solutions and services as well as highlight new emerging technologies developed specifically for the academic market.

IT Support for Schools, Colleges and Universities

Nexus are a Microsoft Gold Partner and VMware Enterprise Partner with a dedicated team of qualified and experienced systems engineers and technicians. We provide IT infrastructure support and maintenance to academic institutions in the south-west peninsula and across the UK.

Our aim is to help you to ensure that your IT systems function efficiently and that any technical issues are resolved quickly. We can provide many different IT support and maintenance and managed IT services including Planned, Priority Response and 24/7 on-site and off-site retained technical services. We also supply a Technical Helpdesk and Network Monitoring service, therefore we can tailor our IT support contracts to suit your exact needs.

ICT Suite Design

We realise that a new ICT suite design can involve a substantial investment in time and money. You need to be confident that the solution meets all of your criteria for quality, comfort, durability, function, timescale and cost. Nexus can offer a complete ICT suite design and installation service. We will work closely with you to understand your plans, help test the key components and then meticulously manage every stage of the project to ensure that it is delivered on time and to your budget. This service will be tailored to your requirements and typical deliverables include:

  • ICT suite design
  • Hardware and software testing and evaluation
  • Full project cycle management
  • Bespoke ICT furniture supply and installation
  • PC, server and mobile device supply and installation
  • Computer peripheral supply
  • Academic software licensing
  • Software installation and configuration
  • Structured network and electrical cabling
  • Wireless networking
  • Firewall installation and network management
  • Audio visual equipment supply and installation
  • Project handover documentation and training

Learning Management Systems (LMS)

We can help you to support and develop your Learning Management Systems (LMS). Our team have many years of experience of working with a wide range of LMS applications for education organisations and institutions, including Virtual Learning Environments (VLE), induction and orientation portals, academic business management systems, assessment and compliance platforms.

Virtual Learning Environments (VLE)

The choice of VLE software for the academic marketplace is ever growing. We are conversant with most of the industry leading VLE products. However, we specialise in supplying software development and support services for the Moodle.org and Microsoft SharePoint platforms. This means that we can offer impartial advice and help you to deliver the most suitable VLE hosting, deployment, integration and technical support options for your organisation.

Classroom Video Recording & Streaming

‘Flip’ teaching or the ‘Flipped’ classroom concept is turning education on its head! This model inverts traditional teaching methods by delivering instruction online outside of the classroom and moving “homework” into the classroom. Nexus are able to provide bespoke classroom audio and video recording or video streaming solutions. Teachers can create a virtual classroom or record videos that students can view at home or from any location. This method allows valuable class time to be spent completing collaborative and interactive activities to reinforce learning concepts. If you’re considering adopting a flip classroom model or wish to discuss the benefits and technical requirements, contact our education specialists.

Websites, Intranets and Portals for Education

Our software development team have years of experience in designing, building and developing bespoke software applications and SharePoint intranets and portals for the education sector. We create powerful automation tools that can provide your organisation with the collaborative, mobile and virtual work styles that help educators and students work together and stay productive from any location. We have helped many different academic organisations to integrate and “web enable” their business and learning management systems to supply new and effective methods of sharing and managing information.

Campus Networks

We understand the high importance placed on wired and wireless network speeds and the resilience of your campus computer network. Our network infrastructure team can design, plan, install, upgrade and support your campus network to meet the growing demand of your user base. Working with the latest technologies from our Strategic Partners Nexus can deliver academic institutions with high-performance, robust and flexible computer networks that are scalable and easy to manage.

Computer Hardware & Software for Education

Nexus offer a tailored service for the supply of IT solutions, computer hardware and software licensing to the education sector. Our sales consultants will assess your requirements, taking into account your IT environment and strategy, and we will then recommend the exact equipment specification, software and labour services that meets your needs and budget. We work with most of the world’s major IT vendors, so whether you have a requirement for consumables, printers, laptops, notebooks, PCs, tablets, servers or software, we’re confident that we can supply them to you at the right price.

Microsoft in Education

We are a Microsoft Gold Partner and Microsoft Authorised Education Reseller (AER). Through the AER program we are able to supply Microsoft products at academic prices to education establishments. Our qualified Microsoft licensing specialists can provide advice and guidance on the most appropriate Microsoft software licensing methods available to your organisation.

School Communication Systems

Nexus are a Microsoft Gold Communications Partner and we specialise in the design, planning, deployment and support of unified communication systems based on the Microsoft Lync Server platform.

With Microsoft Lync, users can take advantage of instant messaging, video conferencing and enterprise voice capabilities through a single interface that is consistent across PCs, browsers, and mobile devices. IT personnel benefit from a single, consistent communication platform and management infrastructure with new capabilities to increase availability and interoperability with existing systems. Below are just a few advantages that Microsoft Lync can offer to the education sector:

  • Replace your old phone system with an integrated and industry-standard communication solution from Microsoft and enjoy academic licensing prices!
  • Find the right teacher, student or administrator and make richer connections, with new enhanced IM and presence features, including pictures and locations.
  • Collaborate your way, using desktop and application sharing, PowerPoint uploads, or rich white-boarding, including the ability to copy and paste text and images.
  • Need to meet with other educators or students? Want to schedule a parent-teacher or staff meeting via telephone or video conference? You can schedule and join meetings with a single click in Microsoft Outlook or in the meeting reminder with Microsoft Lync.

IT Desks & Furniture

Our education team can provide guidance on the most appropriate IT desks and furniture for your building and classrooms. We will ensure the furniture that we specify is designed for the correct age group and tailored to fit your IT hardware and peripherals. We also supply bespoke furniture that can be built to seamlessly integrate with your environment. With the advent of computer flip desks and benches with screen mounts, let Nexus help create a multi-functional ICT space without the need for a dedicated ICT suite!

Audio-Visual Solutions

Nexus supply a wide range of audio-visual (AV) solutions that can enhance the learning experience of your students through interactive technology. We can act as a single source for all of your AV requirements and our consultants can survey, design, install and support solutions for your classrooms, sports halls, lecture theatres and open spaces. The diverse range of AV products and services that we supply include:

  • Interactive whiteboards and projectors
  • Audio and PA systems
  • Audio conferencing
  • Digital signage
  • Video conferencing
  • Building access and control systems
  • Interactive displays and touchscreens

Internet Connectivity

The education sector has very specific needs in terms of internet connectivity, security, content filtering and connection speed. Nexus are authorised to supply a wide range of internet security, high speed connectivity and SIP trunk packages aimed at large and small academic organisations.

Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery

The growing dependence on access to technology 24/7 continues to spread into all aspects of the work place. The reliance on business-critical information, productivity tools, email and communication systems is ever increasing. Nexus consultants and engineers can prepare your organisation for unforeseen circumstances by creating a more resilient and high-availability infrastructure and helping to develop your business continuity and disaster recovery strategy.