Version 1 in four-year deal to support Irish education sector

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Announcing the collaboration between EduCampus and Version 1 are (front) Paddy Naughton (CEO at EduCampus) and Geraldine O’Sullivan (public sector managing director at Version 1). Back (from left) are: Eunan Treanor (portfolio director, Version 1), Ronan Laffan (principal consultant, Version1 ), Audrey D’Arcy (business development director, Version 1), Rory McGinty (program management director, EduCampus), Fionnuala Lambert (chief operating officer, EduCampus), Niall Kelly (head of strategic development, EduCampus), Eimear Curran (client engagement director, EduCampus) and Aidan Mullen (commercial director, Version 1)

Digital transformation specialist Version 1, which employs 500 people at its Belfast office, has signed a €35 million four-year deal with shared services provider EduCampus to support Ireland’s higher education and research sectors.

The collaboration will make ICT implementation and consulting services available not only to EduCampus and its clients, but also to over 70 higher education and research entities across the island.

Established in 2015, EduCampus acts as broker to its clients for ICT application services and Management Information Systems (MIS), representing some of the largest and most influential educational and research institutions in Ireland.

It currently supports nine universities, two institutes of technology, four colleges, and one government commission serving 140,000 students and 20,000 staff.

Its clients will work with Version 1 on project management and implementation services, business system advisory services, technical support services, technical advisory services, quality assurance services, and service management expertise.

Tom O’Connor, chief executive of Version 1 said: “We’re pleased to extend our EduCampus partnership with this latest deal, one which will see us cement our reputation within the education and research sector.

“Our Irish public sector team has been an established EduCampus partner for some time and education is a strategically important sector for our business.”

Paddy Naughton, chief executive at EduCampus, added: “This agreement will strengthen our ability to implement, upgrade and maintain the portfolio of MIS applications we manage for our client community.

“It will also support the wider higher education and research sector in the implementation and maintenance of its ICT systems and requirements, so we’re excited to be working with Version 1 in delivering this imaginative and and flexible new approach to ICT services in Ireland.”