Case studies

Writtle College

Solutions Drive productivity
Services Consult
Sector Education
Platforms Sector Education Services IT Consultancy Solution Updated Email Service & Infrastructure Platform Microsoft Office 365, PowerShell MIS + Script

Established in 1893, Writtle College is one of the oldest specialist institutions in the UK and offers a range of land-based, design and sport courses at various levels of academic study including Postgraduate, Undergraduate, Further Education, Short Courses and Apprenticeships.

The unique facilities and resources are used to enhance the learning experience, enabling students to gain both theory and practical skills whilst studying.


The critical challenges for Writtle College were:

  • Local power cuts causing interruptions to email services
  • Unsupported MS Exchange 2003 platform, with 5,500 account users
  • Their email system had no mobile phone platform
  • Increasing costs for IT management and infrastructure
  • Reduce the burden of email service on their infrastructure


The solution created for Writtle College included:

  • Microsoft Active Directory remediation
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Microsoft PowerShell MIS integration script for new user creation
  • Microsoft PowerShell script to manage license allocation
  • Technical consultancy and strategic advice
  • Removal of around 1,500 lapsed and unused accounts
  • New platform for up to 5,000 students and 500 staff
  • Custom scripts to automatically on-board students


SysGroup’s solution helped Writtle College with:

  • Increased email availability for staff communications
  • Greater resilience against local power issues
  • Reduced IT footprint
  • Ease of managing new and lapsed user accounts
  • Decreased administration overhead