University of the Highlands and Islands joins Scottish Wide Area Network
Today, SWAN announces that the University of the Highlands and Islands has joined the Scottish Wide Area Network, a single public services network for the use of all public service organisations within Scotland. SWAN is being delivered through a framework contract with Capita IT Enterprise Services.
Since the contract was signed in February 2014, over 3,200 sites and 3,500 circuits have been connected, and a dedicated network and operations centre has been constructed. The team has also received Public Service Network accreditation and has achieved ISO27001, recognising international information security best practice.
The University of the Highlands and Islands is made up of 13 independent colleges and serves over 40,000 students from over 70 separate learning centres around the Highlands and Islands, Moray and Perthshire. The University is the latest public sector body to join SWAN, and it joins over 50 other organisations that are benefiting from infrastructure and service sharing, which is lowering costs and improving connectivity across the whole public sector in Scotland.
Fiona Larg, chief operating officer and secretary of the University of the Highlands and Islands, said: "The University is a unique higher and further education establishment which operates from a huge number of locations across Scotland, so the strength, resilience and cost-effectiveness of our network is vital.
"Joining SWAN will mean that our network is faster and more reliable – and will mean that we can benefit from SWAN’s significant economies of scale."
Peter Hands, executive director of Capita IT Enterprise Services said: "As increasing numbers of organisations join SWAN, more and more people across the country are experiencing the benefits of a better public sector network. For the students and staff of the University, this means a stronger network, more value for money – and a better connected education."