ntl:Telewest Business Joins Forces with the University of Bedfordshire

ntl:Telewest Business has joined forces with the University of Bedfordshire to enhance the learning experience of healthcare students at Butterfield Park, a new 85 acre business and technology zone providing dedicated state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities.

Until recently, many of the University of Bedfordshire's healthcare courses were delivered at hospital sites across the area, including Stoke Mandeville, Wycombe General, Luton & Dunstable and Bedford hospitals. However, the University decided to invest 700,000 in a fully networked building at Butterfield Park so that teachers and pupils had access to future developments such as simulation laboratories, including fully functional theatres, wards, and clinic environments. As well as providing students with the opportunity to develop and refine their clinical skills, the new medical facility enables access to computer suites, a digital library containing 2,000 e-journals, and the NHS Trust Libraries.

To ensure that the centre had sufficient bandwidth to support the planned simulation facilities and resources, ntl:Telewest Business extended the University's existing EtherVPN infrastructure and deployed a 1Gb EtherVPN connection to the new location. The links across the University's other sites were also upgraded to facilitate the fast and effective transfer of media-rich data files, voice and video traffic.

Students based at Luton & Dunstable and Bedford Hospitals moved in to the new campus earlier this year.

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