Located in the beautiful Dumfries and Galloway region of Southern Scotland, and comprising a 500 acre working estate and modern college facilities, Barony College is the UK Specialist in Land Based and Animal Care education and training. The Barony College estate supports three commercial activities, a farm, a fish farm and a franchised food processing unit. Attracting applicants from across the UK and overseas, the college currently has over 3000 students enrolled in a wide variety of Forestry, Horticultural, Veterinary, Aquaculture and Agricultural courses.
In common with progressive educational establishments throughout the world, Barony College understands the vital role that ICT now plays in enhancing the process of learning as well as providing an efficient and effective communication tool. However despite the obvious educational and social benefits offered by new technologies, there are risks and costs associated with their use.
The Internet is becoming more widely used by academic institutions to support the learning and teaching activities of students and staff alike. Whilst this is a very efficient mechanism, it is, arguably, important that there are adequate controls in place to ensure that the information is not libelous, defamatory, inaccurate, illegal or inappropriate.
The interactivity of the Internet, the immediacy of access to its contents and the public accessibility of much of its information, however, does provide a different operating environment and therefore different audit and control issues arise. The challenge for Baronys IT department was to enforce acceptable usage policy and control across the entire College network as effectively and efficiently as possible, whilst delivering improved productivity for the department itself. Download free case study.