Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw visited Exeter College’s Victoria House site to open a brand new Mini Data Hub; a state-of-the-art new facility which will provide industry-standard IT resources to the college’s students.
The newly created space plays host to two comprehensive IT suites complete with industry specification computers, analytics software and optimised large-screen display equipment.
Senior leaders and students of the college attended the launch event as Ben explored the new facilities and then formally opened the area by cutting the ribbon on the new Mini Data Hub.
The new digital workspace utilises the area in Victoria House that was vacated when the new £2.4million Gym and Dance Studio opened earlier this year.
The new IT suites combine the traditional classroom environment with cutting edge computer equipment, helping students to learn the IT skills required to thrive in the digital world. Full-time 16-18 students and others studying specialist data and analytics-focused courses will access the industry-standard technology during their studies.
Exeter College’s Principal and Chief Executive John Laramy was delighted with how the vision for the space has been realised. John said, “The size of the space gives our students the opportunity to explore theory and then put that immediately into practice on high spec, fantastic IT equipment.
“The fact that there are two rooms together where we can run specialist classes side-by-side really benefits the teaching and learning that can take place.”
John also thanked Ben Bradshaw for coming to support the opening.
“We were delighted to have Ben here to open the space. He is an advocate for Exeter College and for Colleges more widely, so it is great that he was able to fit this opening into his busy schedule. In this area, we have been very fortunate to have Ben as an active and extremely supportive MP.
“I would also like to mention East Devon MP Sir Hugo Swire, who has also been a real advocate for us here at college.”
Want to look around the facilities for yourself? Book in for the next Exeter College Open Event.