The IT Centre is one of the largest in Scotland, and consists of an open plan teaching area boasting over 100 PCs and 80 BYOD workstations. The IT Centre welcomes (on average) around 600 students a day.
All desktop computers are primed with office software and internet access, and all Apple iMacs are equipped with the latest in graphics software. This outstanding facility gives students, staff and the public access to IT facilities and training. There are two main areas:
- The Main Teaching Zone acts as the ‘body’ of the IT centre. Desk groups are timetabled in the same was as a classroom, and classes take priority, but otherwise PC’s may be used freely. Please note, you may be asked to move if a class is starting. Tables 1-33 are normally booked for use with IT classes.
- The Flexi-Use Area is situated on the left as you enter the IT Centre. There are 38 PC’s and 5 Apple iMacs in this section, as well as 8 desks for BYOD use. They are for individual use, and are never scheduled for use by classes. Machines numbered F1-F48 and M1-M5 are intended for students to use out with class time.
Please note that some Flexi PCs and Apple iMacs have specialist software installed. This means students who need to use such software will be given priority on these machines over students using standard software such as email, office apps and web browsing.
Current hardware and software capabilities include:
- PCs (113 machines)
Dell Optiplex 760 SF, 4GB RAM, Intel Core 2 Due (3GHz), 160GB Hard Disk, CD/DVD RW Drive and 22 inch widescreen monitors
- Apple iMacs (5 machines)
G5, 1GB RAM, 3GHz Processor, 25OGB Hard Disk, CD RW/DVD RAM Drive and 20 inch monitors
2 A3/A4 black and white MFD printers
2 A3/A4 colour MFD printers
Scanning can be performed on all of the MFD printrers, but colour A4 scanners for both PCs and Macs can be signed out from the IT Centre Reception.
The Recharge Zone
This area allows students to recharge their own personal mobile devices such as laptops and tablets.
Enabling technologies are different resources that the College has put in place to ensure that the IT facilities available are widely accessible to all students and staff.
Height adjustable tables
Specifically designed for wheelchair users, the table has a work surface with a cut out area for better access, as well as a built-in hand crank for adjusting the height.
These act as an easel for documents and allow you to position different files at the most appropriate height and angle for ease of use.
Height adjustable foot rests are designed to keep users’ feet supported. This can ease the pressure on the lower back and therefore reduce the chance of leg problems caused by extended inactivity.