Quark has announced a number of key XPress 7 deployments across many of the UK's leading universities.

The long list of learning centres that have moved to XPress 7 includes: Leicester College, the London College of Communications, Sheffield Hallam University, Swansea Institute of Higher Education, University of Bedfordshire and University of Lincoln -

The company naturally claims the move to deploy its software in colleges has been driven by increased demand fro QuarkXPress skills from employers within the industry.

New features such as Quark Job Jackets and Composition Zones are cited as productivity enhancements that make the application more attractive, and the company's recent move to offer discount student pricing and curriculum materials may also have helped.

Leicester College's National Printing Skills Centre (NPSC) is part of Leicester College and is a leading provider of professional training for the print and graphic communications industries in the UK.

That college's education officer, Damian Breen, said: "The feedback we're getting from our students is that XPress 7 is a very positive step forward for Quark. They feel that it is easy to use and are impressed with all the new features - in particular with Job Jackets, as it makes it easier for them to work together, optimise design, and minimise production errors."

"We are delighted to see more and more leading universities move to XPress 7, particularly ones of this calibre," said Mark Green, Quark education business manager, Northern Europe.

"Quark recognises the need to make education a priority and the importance of collaborating with universities to better understand their needs and the challenges they face. Quark is committed to developing software that will give students the skills that are essential to succeed in the design industry today."