TSL Systems recently provided consultancy and system design services to the
University of Gloucestershire media studies faculty, as part of a major project to
provide a more creative experience for its students and improve the teaching
environment.

Nick Tallents, technical demonstrator, University of Gloucestershire, said, “We
engaged TSL to review our facilities and provide a more immersive teaching
environment for our television production course. They worked with us to maximise
the use of our existing equipment, while identifying key areas for workflow
optimisation and integrating that within a new system. We now have a vibrant,
modern facility that enables us to offer an enhanced learning experience with greater
flexibility of studio use.’

Working to a strict budget and an extremely tight timescale to meet the start of the
academic year, TSL assisted the University in all aspects of the project, including
structural requirements for soundproofing, signal management and lighting effects, as
well as ergonomically empathic desk layout designs to enable lecturers to oversee the
students’ production activities. Also, the TSL team provided technical guidance for the
requirement to move the small, cramped production gallery to a new location,
resulting in a modern, spacious production gallery facility with a layout that improves
interaction between the students and teaching staff.

Utilising their extensive knowledge of broadcast equipment and system integration,
the TSL team also redesigned and rewired the rack to fully exploit the capabilities of
existing products – including NewTek, Trilogy and JVC equipment – while identifying
some key enhancement opportunities, such as the introduction of a Ross router to
provide more flexibility for managing video and audio signals within the production
workflow.

“Our considerable experience of working with educational facilities meant that we
understood the myriad challenges that Nick and his team were facing, and we were
well positioned to be able to a suggest cost-effective and engaging solution that would
greatly improve the existing set-up,’ said Chris Phillips, Director of Services, TSL
Systems. “Working closely and consultatively with both the University staff and their
building contractor, we are proud to have delivered a very modern and flexible system
both on time and within budget.’