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College Collaborates with National Software Supplier to Bring New Educational Platform to Market

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Leeds College of Building and leading technology firm Collsys have joined forces to pioneer a new software package for the further education sector.

LEEDS, U.K. - eTradeWire -- The Collsys 'Academic Suite' is designed to track knowledge, skills, and behaviours across all academic disciplines. It combines with their 'Employability Suite' to provide a comprehensive single platform solution including work placement, enrichment, apprenticeships, and careers.

The project began when Leeds College of Building reviewed its existing systems post-pandemic and asked for staff feedback. Increasingly complex requirements and software that was no longer fit for purpose meant that investing in a new college-wide system became a priority.

Over the last 12 months, a joint project team spent time researching, developing, designing, testing, and eventually rolling out the Academic Suite project. The new system is now live at Leeds College of Building and manages all aspects of students' learning.

Users can drill down to faculty, departmental, course, or individual student level data. Staff can quickly access vital data, generate reports, and view insights using a RAG (Red, Amber, Green) rating to quickly identify at-risk students, monitor progress, and tailor interventions.

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Work is now underway on the next phase of development. The project team has hosted drop-in staff training sessions, created champions and super users, and helped with data transfer to the new system. Plans also include a portal and mobile app to allow employers, parents and carers to monitor a student's attendance, progress, results, and staff feedback.

Steve Connell, Assistant Principal at Leeds College of Building, said:

"This was an ambitious project, but it paid off. We've never had this level of data before! It's fantastic to have everything in one place and quickly access data in real-time. It's very user-friendly and is a much more efficient use of precious staff time. This bespoke platform will be crucial for external assessors moving forward as it ties together all aspects of apprenticeships and study programmes. Thanks to Collsys for listening to our needs and building a bespoke system for us."

Visit www.collsys.co.uk to find out more about Collsys Academic and Employability Suites or email customerservices@collsys.co.uk to learn how Collsys can support other Further Education providers.

Source: Leeds College of Building
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