Swansea Institute of Higher Education has chosen to upgrade to QuarkXPress 7 across its Faculty of Art and Design.

Swansea Institute has used XPress "for many years", Quark explains. The Faculty of Art and Design at Swansea Institute has an international reputation and has been recognised as a major centre in Wales for art, craft, design, and media studies. It has been awarded an overall 'Excellent' grading by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.

"We need to make our students as employable as possible, and QuarkXPress 7 is the cornerstone of that. The industry demands QuarkXPress for the vast majority of jobs, and it is for this reason we teach QuarkXPress in our design-for-publishing classes," said Gavin Kirby, lecturer art and design, Swansea Institute.

"We want to ensure that our students are equipped with the best possible skills so that they have the best opportunities when they enter the marketplace," he added.

Kirby singled out XPress 7's new Job Jackets feature for particular praise. "Students will be able to review their work at any stage, which will give them much greater visibility on their progress," he explains.

"They will have the ability to collaborate on projects that will enhance their overall learning experience. The preflighting capabilities in the Job Jackets technology will simplify the grading and record-keeping process for lecturers; more important, it will save them both time and effort. This really is revolutionary," he added.

Quark stressed that it continues to demonstrate its commitment to education by offering students, administrators, and educators special volume pricing on XPress through the Quark education program. Quark Interactive Designer, for example, is available for download to qualified educational XPress 7 users at no additional charge.

Ed Ewing, Quark sales director, Northern Europe, said, "Quark recognises the need to make education a priority and the importance of collaborating with universities and institutes to better understand their needs and the challenges of teaching."