PaperCut has announced that the University of Cambridge is using PaperCut MF and PaperCut Mobility Print to facilitate hybrid printing for its 20,000 students and 11,000 staff members across 31 Colleges and 150 departments.
The University’s requirement to offer hybrid print was driven by not just the number of devices and end-users, but also by the COVID-19 lockdowns, which caused Cambridge’s students and staff to be divided between working remotely and on-site learning.
The University of Cambridge’s printing environment supports 27 Colleges and even though they are members of the University, each College manages its own IT infrastructure including its networking. Compounding this complexity, as Google Cloud Print’s deprecation.
Kelvin Morgan, Computer Officer, and Dean Feltham, Print Technician, explained that they needed a robust BYOD print enablement tool to support their colleges’ independent network infrastructures, all while continuing to support their students via their centralised printing subscription service.
Kelvin and Dean decided on PaperCut MF to underpin their centralised service, which offers participation via subscription. With PaperCut, they can manage print, photocopying, and scanning for their entire student body.
Kelvin said, “if it wasn’t for PaperCut, we wouldn't be in the position we are in now. Ten years ago, our print service was facing several challenges and needed to evolve. Now it's a service where people come to us and say ‘we really need to join this service. We’ve heard what it can provide.’”
To help support self-isolating students, they set up PaperCut MF’s Delegated Print feature and they could support students between colleges who weren’t able to connect to the University’s data network.
PaperCut Mobility print enables Windows, Chromebook, and Mac users to print remotely and outside the network by sending print jobs over the internet. PaperCut Mobility Print also enables local printing from BYO iPads, iPhones, Android, Windows, Chromebook, and Mac devices.