We are delighted to announce that we have successfully acquired the assets of CEDAR, a student engagement tool.
CEDAR, developed in 2014 by Preston-based Cardinal Newman College, is used to build an accurate student record across the institution. Its key functionality is considered critical to the successful management of a college business, such as Student Mark Book – which enables teachers to create and mark assignments for students, including BTEC units – as well as Learner Progress Monitoring and Student Welfare functions, which are designed to support student wellbeing.
With a growing customer base of 19 Sixth Form Colleges, Cardinal Newman College has decided to sell the assets of CEDAR to UNIT-e who are ideally placed to develop and enhance the platform’s infrastructure in line with the needs of customers.
This acquisition represents the single biggest investment in our UNIT-e Software for over 5 years and underpins the business’s new direction of working in collaboration with customers to drive value as we look to enhance and widen our portfolio, improving the quality of our service to college staff and students.
Simon Jarvis, Managing Director at UNIT-e, said: “We are committed to ensuring the highest quality customer experience for existing CEDAR users and the planned transfer over to UNIT-e will be with minimum disruption and no change to their current terms. The acquisition will open an exciting new chapter for our users. UNIT-e customers have been asking for a single integrated solution with the student engagement functionality which CEDAR offers. It provides a great opportunity for us to enhance the capability and functionality of our existing MIS solution to better service our customer base and CEDAR users.
We are committed to ensuring the highest quality customer experience for existing CEDAR users and the planned transfer over to UNIT-e will be with minimum disruption and no change to their current terms.
With customer-led developments planned for the coming months to extend the functionality of the platform for the wider FE market, CEDAR users can look forward to an improved interface and UNIT-e users will benefit from a seamless integration of the two platforms.”
As part of the acquisition, we are delighted to welcome on board several highly skilled developers and motivated developers.
Nick Burnham, Principal at Cardinal Newman College said; “We are delighted that the sale of CEDAR will help to ensure the continued use and satisfaction of the platform for our current customers as well as be further developed to support the success of other institutions in the wider FE sector. UNIT-e has been trusted by the sector for more than 20 years, and so we know that the future of CEDAR is in safe hands.”