Birmingham Metropolitan College creates “Classroom in the Cloud”

Utilising social learning to boost student engagement and transform college operability

Published on 21 Jun 2012

Our teaching staff will be able to collaborate across departments in a way that simply was not possible before, sharing resources and working together in real time. We hope that providing cutting-edge technology to support their teaching will further inspire both teachers and students, resulting in greater success for BMet.

Dr. Julie Nugent, Executive Director of Organisation and Strategic Development, Birmingham Metropolitan College

Birmingham Metropolitan College


Deployment country
United Kingdom


Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet) is one of the largest colleges in the UK, offering a range of academic and vocational courses to more than 35,000 learners each year. Employing over 1,350 people, BMet has three main campuses and several satellite centres. The college prides itself on remaining at the forefront of advances in education, thereby delivering a transformational learning experience to its students.

Business need
Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet) is constantly seeking new ways to engage students and make education accessible to a more diverse user base. In order to synergise with the digital lifestyle of learners and compete in different markets, the college recognised that it needed to transform how it delivered learning.

Embarking on a strategic relationship with IBM, BMet began building “Classroom in the Cloud”, based on IBM SmartCloud® for Social Business. When the project is complete, up to 25,000 students and 1,350 staff will be able to use the solution to access learning through a variety of mediums including the web and smart phones.

Enables staff and students to collaborate across departments, providing access to a wealth of resources not easily available before. Potential to increase student engagement, retention and make education available to a wider population. Expected to cut down on travel costs and carbon footprint and increase productivity with staff and students.


IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

IBM SmartCloud Connections, IBM SmartCloud Engage Standard

Software Services for Collaboration

Cloud Computing, Enabling Business Flexibility, Learning and Training, Mobile, SmartCloud - Solutions, Social Business for Innovation

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