UEL steps into future

University of East London steps into future by providing the latest Samsung devices and ebooks to thousands of first-year students

Samsung Electronics will be providing an estimated 4,000 first-year students at The University of East London (UEL) with Samsung Note devices and eBooks in a major new initiative to support student learning and success.

UEL ‘freshers’ will benefit from an enhanced university learning experience after receiving a brand-new Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 customised to their individual academic needs. All of the devices come pre-loaded with core e-textbooks as well as links to the university’s online library resources, the virtual learning environment (VLE) and other student resources and information.

The package is designed to ensure students get the most out of their time at university by making their learning more enjoyable and productive. No longer will students have to waste valuable time travelling to and from the library weighed down by heavy books.

The project, managed by JS Group, is a collaboration between UEL, Samsung and Kortext, providers of the digital textbook platform.

The tablets, along with the comprehensive eBook package, are being provided free of charge to students as part of UEL’s well-established Progress Bursary programme. It represents an overall investment in the technology by the university of close to £2 million.

Professor John Joughin, UEL Vice-Chancellor, commented: “The University of East London places a strong emphasis on helping students to get the most out of the time that they spend with us.

“We are delighted to be putting support directly in the hands of our students and providing them with a state-of-the-art learning platform for the duration of their studies.

“Our support for equality of opportunity is one of UEL’s defining values, and providing our entire first-year intake with Samsung tablets – pre-loaded with core textbooks and links to virtual learning resources -ensures there is a level playing field for all of our students.’

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