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The University of Cumbria has inked a deal for Carillion IT Services to upgrade its key IT infrastructure and provide system support for three years.

The University of Cumbria has inked a deal for Carillion IT Services to upgrade its key IT infrastructure and provide system support for three years.

The institution, which was formed in 2007 from the merger of the University of Central Lancashire, Cumbria Institute of Arts and St Martin’s College, has contracted Carillion to help manage the systems integration involved.

Under the contract, Carillion will upgrade the university’s IT and security technology, while providing ongoing network support.

Phil Molyneaux, ICT manager at the university, said Carillion was chosen based on its experience in higher education, where it works with Bolton University, Heriot Watt University and Robert Gordon University. He said Carillion was “best suited to provide the IT support for a learning environment which is innovative, flexible and student-centred”.

Carillion IT Services, formerly known as Alfred McAlpine IT services, and was formed after parent construction group Carillion bought rival Alfred McAlpine at the end of last year. It also serves companies such as defence and aerospace firm BAE Systems, airport operator BAA, and department store Fortnum & Mason.