The most progressive universities understand that Branded Memory sticks are an ideal vehicle to allow students and staff to store and transport at university and between halls / other residents.
So what are the major advantages for Universities who embrace Branded USB Memory sticks:
- It reduces the cost of printing and transporting paper, so it’s environmentally friendly.
- Ideal vehicle for sending prospectus out.
- Allows staff to take information and coursework home to work on, make changes / mark and upload to the university network.
- Students can back up coursework that they complete off site or at university as a safety net.
- The USB Memory sticks can be branded with the university logo to add greater affinity with the university.
- Passwords can be added to the Customised Memory sticks so if the data is sensitive it can be made secure.
- Data can be loaded and protected on the Branded USB Memory sticks. So the university could consider providing all the standard university docs, e.g. university term dates, policies, link to web sites etc.
- A unique serial number can be printed to the side of the Branded USB Memory stick to allow any lost memory sticks to be easily reunited with their owner.
- A strip can also be added to the Branded USB Memory stick so users can add their names.
With the current scrutiny of university budgets and horror stories in the media of poor procurement from universities / LEAs, what should you consider when purchasing Branded USB memory sticks.
- Try to obtain three quotes from established UK suppliers
- Ensure that you are offered a line of credit, you should not ne required to make any upfront payments.
- A free sample of the proposed USB Memory stick should be requested.
- Ensure that the chips in the Branded Memory sticks are new and not recycled or reconditioned.
- Consider contacting other local universities and purchasing a larger order with different logos, as economies of scale would definitely drive the price down.
- Explore getting a local company to sponsor the production of the memory sticks and in return you can add their logo / contact details to the back.
- Why not consider a totally unique Customised Memory stick in any design that fits the university.
The benefits of Branded USB Memory sticks combined with students appetite for new technology has lead to many leading universities embracing USB Memory Sticks as an essential tool for learning.