Bolton Community College Case Study

Meru Wireless Installation For Bolton College

Bolton College Wireless Network InstallationThis video shows an overview and the impact of a Meru Wireless installation for this innovate community college in Bolton. You can also download the case study as a PDF or read it below.


Bolton Community College is the one of the largest providers of vocational training and further education in the North West of England with over 800 full-time and part-time courses available.

To encourage students to take control of their own learning experience at the college, technology and wireless access to interactive content play a huge role.

As well as making over 120 wireless laptops available to all learners at the college; mobile technologies – including iPods, iPads and netbooks – are helping to support a personalised learning experience at the college and they also run a Bring Your Own Device policy that encourages students to make use of their own equipment, with BYOD access to the campus-wide wireless network facility.

Network Resilience

To underpin the rich-learning environment, it is essential that the wireless network offers resilience for the high densities of users, as well as fast and seamless access for the wide range of mobile devices being used across the college.

Implemented by Pennine Telecom, the Meru wireless solution delivers a ICT integration that offers a fast and efficient connection that is not compromised by the number of access points throughout the entire college, or by the number of users accessing the network at any one time.

In terms of management, the Meru administration system actively controls and issues that arise, whether they are related to with access point connectivity or user devices issues, including BYOD issues (such as infected devices) and connectivity. This effectively minimises downtime and reduces the previously high burden placed on the IT department.

Without doubt Meru is the best equipment to deliver a wireless service to an education site.”

Ian Taylor – Educational Specialist, Pennine Telecom

Enabling A Creative Working Environment

With fast and easy access to the wireless network across the whole campus, the learning environment at Bolton College has changed dramatically.

Students now have the flexibility to create their own learning environment and many are studying harder, making use of the network facilities throughout their entire day, not just during lesson times.

The technology is also developing the way classes and lessons are developing, with more interaction between students and teachers, as well as innovative ways to leverage the technology to make learning more creative.


Because the Meru network is easy to access and offers fast connectivity throughout the day for everyone at the college – no matter how many users are accessing content – the network administrators face fewer network issues. Any network issues that do occur are quickly and efficiently resolved.

As a result, students and teachers are communicating more effectively and the entire campus is being utilised by students connecting and learning. As a result, the college have recorded that the number of students dropping out of courses has dropped dramatically.

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