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The integration of www.academia.co.uk with the University of Nottingham’s e-procurement system SciQuest provides the University with one of the most comprehensive stores for functionality and usability. The webstore enables our users to raise/retrieve quotes, place orders and view assets all within a single web portal!
Jason Tarr Procurement ManagerUniversity of Nottingham
As a charity it is always difficult to find people to work with, who understand budgetary restraints, and who are willing to truly help you find the best deal, ESPECIALLY when the kit in question is high end and expensive… However, Alan Palmer, and the team at Academia have been nothing but helpful in truly helping us find the best deal, and advising on what we need, versus what needs to be sold! Apart from great prices, the service that Alan and the team have shown has been second to none. They have been courteous, timely, informant, and nothing but helpful… As a person who has worked in customer service and is a firm believer in having a positive working relationship, I can say that Academia does just that. As long as this level of service continues, I will be sure to stick with Academia, and refer them to many more, as I have already. Thank you Academia, for being GREAT at what you do!
Adrian SemereneProject ManagerYoung Lives Get Creative
Academia have been extremely helpful in our Music departments procurement. It is great to have a point of call at a supplier who can provide up to date technical information and honest guidance regarding delivery times and stock level. Personally my experience of Academia's sale, costing and after-care / support has been excellent. Not only did we receive helpful advice regarding our choice of software installation but we also received much welcomed support after our requisition had been processed.
Nic BrittonMusic Technician & HND Lecturer Stafford College
Academia have proved to be a fountain of knowledge with regards to software licensing and my Account Manager has always dealt with quotes & orders in an efficient and professional manner. I would not hesitate in recommending Academia Ltd as a supplier to other organisations.
Enrico Garofalo Apple Certified Pro Support SpecialistBucks New University
I have known Academia right from the start. When I was at University, I met Mike at a Technology show at the NEC. He introduced me to Autodesk and I was given my first taste of Inventor (version 6 I think…). From there I started work at Thomas Cowley a few years later. From the support and software I received from Mike I naturally called him up and asked him to quote us on the new version of Inventor (version 8?). Mike arranged for a weeks worth of training at the Man and Machine offices, from there I spoke to several of the trainers, and along with Mike organised a train the teacher event at TCHS.
Run forward a few years and we have another project underway. Once again Academia have been involved from the start. A site visit (and we are half way up the country!) from Academia shared the vision for the new Creative and Media suite. Academia have provided us with extremely competitive quotes over the years, coupled with unrivalled support the company have always exceeded their remit. Currently they have worked with various members of staff at all levels in the school to simplify our licensing, lower our global spending on software, and provide clear and defined advice on asset management software.
Ontop of this Academia have invested time and money in supporting our students. From the initial installation of the earlier Autodesk software, students have benefited from large discounts, in school competitions, and yearly awards for creativity. For me this is a big bonus, students get to work on extra curricular projects with proper useful prizes (instead of the usual book tokens!).
When new staff have joined the department Academia have ensured that they are welcomed to the partnership by sending out welcome packs, demo software, and adding a personal touch by telephone.
Over the years Academia have worked tirelessly to ensure that the latest software has been available for our staff to try by sending out evaluation copies, demos, and in some cases delivering free staff copies.
James Hannam Design & Technology TeacherThomas Cowley High School
I first contacted Academia when our Microsoft Schools agreement was about to expire 2 years ago. We were looking for a company who could add value, and not just make contact once a year to renew our Microsoft Schools agreement. We switched to Academia as our main software supplier and have not looked back.
With Claire Quley at Academia we get great service, a pleasant, capable, and professional account manager. She goes the extra mile, taking time to get to know what projects the school is working on, offering suggestions, and trials on products which might be of benefit to us. I feel Academia is an extension of our local IT team; honest and reliable.
Chris J. AppletonICT DirectorKing Edwards School - Bath
We have a lot of different software at the college, with this comes software licensing complexity. Academia has provided me with the information on how to consolidate these licenses, making license management much easier. The quotations are always competitive and the helpful sales team’s knowledge has promptly provided me with answers to any software queries.
Dan HillInfrastructure ManagerLeeds College of Art & Design
Last year we bought our software almost solely from Acedmia. This is because they are quick and efficient at obtaining quotes, they get support queries moved onto technical teams quickly, and their quotes are fiercely competitive. As a college we maintain a close working relationship with them and it is probable this will continue for years to come.
Tom WilliamsICT Systems EngineerPlymouth College of Art
“Academia has proven to be a fast, efficient and reliable provider for all of our Software needs. We have received fantastic support and unbeatable prices! Thank you for all of your help….I am sure we will need it again in the near future”.
Mark Davies and Lori FordProduction DepartmentBelgrade Theatre, Coventry
I would just like to offer my thanks to you and the rest of the Academia team for your help and support over the past year in the purchase and deployment of our Inventor software. Your own personal professionalism and patience made the process of buying and planning the deployment across 21 secondary schools a much less arduous process that it might otherwise have been.
In addition, your technical support team have been excellent and have, at all times, demonstrated the highest standards of technical competence and professional courtesy during their visits to our schools.
I will have no hesitation in contacting you in connection with any future projects and would like to wish you every success in the future.
Once again, thanks to you, Claire and the rest of the team.
Stephen Moore Quality Improvement Officer Learning and Leisure Services North Lanarkshire Council