University of East London spends £2 million on Samsung student devices

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Major investment to allow remote study for whole intake of new students at the institution

4,000 first-year students at the University of East London have received Samsung Notes and eBooks as part of a £2 million investment.

The university’s entire intake of freshers will receive new Samsung Note 8.0 tablets as part of the university’s efforts to use technology to support student learning.

The devices will come preloaded with a number of academic eBooks preloaded meaning that students have instantaneous access to textbooks and no longer need to waste time travelling across the capital to the institution’s libraries.

The Galaxy Note 8.0, which was announced at Mobile World Congress 2013, is powered by a quad-core 1.6GHz processor and runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

It has an eight-inch touchscreen, five megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front camera and external memory of up to 64GB with a microSD card.

“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,” said UEL vice-chancellor John Joughin.

“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.”

The rollout was managed by distributors JS Group in partnership with the university, Samsung and digital text book provider, Kortext.

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