First established in the 1820s, The University of Bolton has been a leading academic institution that is known for being at the cutting edge of technology. Over the past year, the University has embarked on a mission to bring the student experience to the digital age.

To support this journey of modernisation, Sony is providing solutions such as Vision Exchange and UbiCast that will enable the next generation of learning styles at the University of Bolton.

The University of Bolton has worked to expand its campus and enhance its student experience. As part of this, the University added two new state-of-the-art buildings: The National Centre for Motorsport Engineering (NCME) and The Institute of Management of Greater Manchester.

In the construction of the new buildings, the University’s core aim was to attract new students as well as retain existing ones. It needed to make sure it was giving students the best possible learning experiences. As such, it had to consider technologies that could enable new and attractive styles of learning, such as collaborative and blended learning.


The University of Bolton has a long, significant history. However, recently it faced the challenge of recruiting high calibre students from across the UK and around the world. In addition, it wanted to further improve student engagement and retention.

When the University received the new NCME and Institute of Management buildings, it was eager to install learning solutions which could attract the best quality students. This meant high-quality, aesthetically pleasing technology in classroom environments, which not only gave existing students the best possible learning experiences, but also gave off the ‘wow factor’ to prospective ones. Consequently, with the introduction of impressive technologies and an influx of high quality students, it hoped to attract equally expert academics, educators as well as professionals from the industry to the University.

Moreover, the University of Bolton needed to make sure it was incorporating the latest trends in education. One of these is the replacement of traditional ‘one-way’ lectures with more interactive teaching methods that encourage deeper student engagement and understanding. The University needed solutions that could support active, collaborative learning on a wide variety of devices.

In short, the University of Bolton wanted a unique solution which could make its student experiences and approach to learning stand out against the rest.

The Sony solution

Sony was the ideal provider for the University of Bolton when looking at integrating the latest technology into its new buildings, thanks to an impressive range of education solutions designed to encourage collaboration including the Vision Exchange active learning technology, its top-of-the-range projectors and high-quality BRAVIA professional displays designed to maximise audience interaction and engagement.

Scalable, flexible and easy to configure, Vision Exchange allows students at the University of Bolton to work collaboratively, mirroring their own smart phones, tablets or laptops to a group screen. The lecturer can manage the session by monitoring each group’s content and sharing on the main screen for further discussion.

Along with its accredited partner, Universal AV Services Ltd, Sony’s Vision Exchange solution was implemented to enable collaborative and active learning. This was integrated with Sony’s UbiCast offering, an easy-to-use lecture capture solution that lets educators create and share rich media video for online learning, covering every workflow of producing and delivering pro-quality video content, from recording and editing to publishing, managing and user analytics.

Results to date

Since installation, staff have been blown away by the capabilities of the new solutions; from the active learning possibilities enabled by Vision Exchange to the high quality of the images shown on the 85-inch 4K BRAVIA professional displays

The solutions have spurred on new enthusiasm among teaching staff. They are excited to share these novel capabilities with their students and instil new motivation in them to participate in lectures and seminars. More importantly, the University is proud to show off these new technologies to prospective students, inspiring them to apply and attend.

Why Sony was selected

The University of Bolton needed technology which was impressive to see in action, but also easy to use by students and lecturers alike. In addition, the University of Bolton wanted a partner which could not only deliver products, but also a legacy which staff and students could recognise.

“Sony was chosen because of its high quality and great legacy within the AV market. Reaction since the installation has been phenomenal. The teachers and educators have been extremely impressed by the high-quality images, especially when it came to viewing true 4K content on the 4K BRAVIA professional displays” says Ian Moth, IT Desktop Support Team Leader at University of Bolton.  “The new technology has brought a lot of positivity to the staff, which has been reflected in enhancing the student teaching experience and student satisfaction, maintaining good recruitment, especially at a time when the sector is under many pressures.”

Compared to its competitors, Sony was able to rise to the task at a lower price-point, meaning that it was most cost-effective. In addition, the University felt that Sony had a close working relationship with their integrator Universal AV Services Ltd. This made Bolton confident that their partnership could deliver the right solutions which address their challenges.

"The education sector is hugely important to Sony Professional. We want to bring products and solutions to the market which enhance students’ experiences and transform spaces into state of the art learning environments. We are very happy to work with a forward-thinking institution such as the University of Bolton which puts the student experience at the centre of everything it does,” says Jason Huggins, Account Manager at Sony Professional Solutions Europe. 


Vision Exchange solution integrated with:

  • 1 x PEQ-C100, Vision Exchange main unit with 2 x HDMI input inc Active Learning, VC and Streaming licenses
  • 10 x Vision Exchange Pod software on mini PC
  • 10 x 43” 4K Professional BRAVIA Displays
  • 10 x Interactive overlays

UbiCast (lecture capture) solution comprising of:

  • 1 x CRD (campus recorder)
  • 1 x SRG-300SEW PTZ camera

Various classroom and lecture based AV solutions comprising of:

  • 4 x VPL-PHZ10
  • 2 x PT-1185-IR10
  • 23 x FW-85XD8501
  • 1 x FW-75XE8501
  • 23 x FW-65XE8501
  • 2 x FW-55XE8001
  • 1 x VPLL-3003
  • 1 x VPL-FHZ65L
  • 5 x CAB-VGAHDMI1
  • 1 x PSP.FWL-HD.48.5
  • 1 x FWL-48W705C
  • 8 x PSP.FW-4K.65.5

A 2x2 OLED video wall due for installation late 2018/19 to be used for simulation and showcasing student work.

You may also be interested in these articles:

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Upcoming FE Events

Advertiser Skyscrapers

Newsroom Activity

FE News: The Future of Education News Channel shared a video in channel. 3 hours 1 minute ago

Overview of the redundancy support service for...

The Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices provides support and advice for apprentices affected by redundancy. The service can be accessed...

FE News: The Future of Education News Channel had a status update on Twitter 3 hours 2 minutes ago

RT @FENews: Young Food Ambassadors meet with Children’s Minister: Young Food Ambassadors have met with Children’s Minister Vicky Ford to di…
View Original Tweet

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In May 2020, FE News had over 120,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.


We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page