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Cambridge University enables hybrid printing

The University of Cambridge – the fourth oldest in the world – is using PaperCut MF and PaperCut Mobility Print to facilitate hybrid printing for its 20,000 students and 11,000 staff members across 31 colleges and 150 departments 

The University’s requirement to offer hybrid print was driven by not just the number of devices and end-users, but also by the UK’s COVID-19 lockdowns, which caused students and staff to be divided between working remotely and onsite learning. 

The University of Cambridge’s printing environment supports 27 colleges, and each college manages its own IT infrastructure including networking. Compounding this complexity, was Google Cloud Print’s deprecation. The University needed a robust BYOD print enablement tool to support the colleges’ independent network infrastructures,  all the while continuing to support their students via their centralised printing subscription service. 

PaperCut MF provides simple and affordable print and copier control software for Windows, Mac, and Linux, enabling user and device level management and control for all printers and multifunctional devices. With PaperCut, the University can manage print, photocopying and scanning for the entire student body. To help support self- isolating students, it set up PaperCut MF’s Delegated Print feature which meant that rather than having the job held on a queue, it could be set up so another student could release the print job and collect it on the student’s behalf. 

PaperCut Mobility print enables Windows, Chromebook and Mac users to print remotely and outside the network by sending print jobs over the internet. PaperCut Mobility Print also enables easy local printing from BYO iPads, iPhones, Android, Windows, Chromebook and Mac device.