De Montfort University

De Montfort University

De Montfort University

High-quality output that reduces the financial burden on students and helps enhance their experience

Around 23,000 students attend De Montfort University (DMU). The university has extensive links with business and places a strong emphasis on the acquisition of career-relevant skills. It holds a gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Industry

Higher Education

Solution

Wide-format print devices and an innovative software solution that enables accurate charging

Challenge

De Montfort University has a thriving arts, design and humanities faculty offering courses such as architecture, design, photography, fashion and textiles. Students on those courses need to produce high-quality, large-scale printed output, especially for the annual degree show and their portfolios once they start looking for work.
The university had made wide-format colour printers available to students and charged them for the estimated cost of each print. Unfortunately, the printers were ageing and becoming unreliable, leading to negative comments in the National Student Survey (NSS).

Solution

DMU selected a managed solution from Konica Minolta comprising a fleet of Epson wide-format printers with full support and maintenance. DocuPro software installed on the printers analyses each page sent to print to work out how many droplets of ink will be needed. The student can see in advance what the print job will cost, as well as their remaining print credit.

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Since deploying the Konica Minolta solution, we’ve had great feedback from everyone. It’s fair to say the new printers have had a positive impact on the teaching experience as a whole.

Pete Norman

Head of Infrastructure IT and Media Services, De Montfort University

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