1 January 2021 

Fife College has rolled out a new bespoke virtual desktop for construction students which gives them access to a range of high spec software from home.

Built Environment and Interior Design students across the College can now use programmes, such as AutoCAD, Revit, Google SketchupPro and the Adobe Design Suite, from home on almost any device with an internet connection.

The introduction of the new desktop to run the programmes, which usually require a high end, expensive device to access, is part of the College’s ongoing significant investment in its digital infrastructure.

The new desktop, available for built environment students from School College Partnership Courses, National Certificates courses, Modern Apprenticeships, HNC and HND courses as well as Degree courses, was implemented after the faculty began investigating what top construction companies and architectural firms were doing to conduct design and digital asset work whilst operating under COVID restrictions.

HNC Architectural Technology student Rachael Livingstone is already reaping the benefits of the new desktop which was put together thanks to a collaboration between faculty staff and the College’s digital team. Rachael, from Kirkcaldy, said:

“This new and exciting platform is great for inclusivity. Being able to access such lucrative software will be hugely beneficial to my progression in my education to become an architect.

"Not having to worry about buying a pricey high spec laptop will be less of a strain on finances that have already been hit hard due to these unprecedented times.

“Access from home to the software will also be valuable as my class bubble does not get full access to the college campus at the moment due to the restrictions. This means we can gain a true college experience and gain valuable skills even though we have less in-class time just now.”  

Marc Fleming, Academic and Quality Manager for the Faculty of Engineering, Science, Technology and Built Environment at Fife College, said:

“The new virtual desktop for our built environment and interior design students is a great example of student-centred innovation and collaboration within the College and I have to thank our digital team for listening to our proposition then enabling this.

"Our virtual desktop will ensure learners' needs are met regardless of the circumstances and it makes a strong statement towards eradicating digital exclusion in the region.

“Without the introduction of the new desktop, students may have had to spend a lot of money on a high spec laptop to run these programmes from home. Being able to access these programmes remotely, without having to install anything either, now gives all students greater flexibility in terms of how they engage with their studies.”

For more information about Built Environment courses at Fife College, including those which start in January, visit our course pages.