The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted almost every part of work and public life, with the education sector hit particularly hard. Universities were forced to change their ways overnight, and students were unable to attend lectures in person. But some were able to reduce the sudden impact of coronavirus lockdowns through investments made in the latest technologies over the last few years. Edinburgh Napier University, for example.
Benefited from its existing investments in virtual desktop technology when Covid-19 restrictions forced it to close its doors. Despite the challenges brought by the pandemic, students have had 24-hour secure access to all the resources they need for their studies since early in the pandemic Iain Russell, head of the infrastructure at the university.
Which has nearly 20,000 students, is responsible for systems used by them and staff, networking and security, and datacentres. He told Computer Weekly that when the Covid-19 restrictions came in, making in-person lectures impossible, the university was able to switch students to remote learning quickly. When the pandemic hit, we didn’t have enormous challenges because we already had a virtual desktop environment running,” he said.