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Industry Internet, Higher Education
Founded 2002 by University of Bristol, University of the West of England, University of Bath, University of Exeter and University of Plymouth
Headquarters Wallscourt Foundation, DuPont Centre, Bristol, England, BS16 1QY, UK Company No.4488514
Area served
Cornwall, Devon, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, and Dorset
Key people

University of Bristol

University of Bath
University of Exeter
University of Plymouth
Services High bandwidth Metropolitan Area Network for the Higher Education Institutions, Further Education Institutions, Specialist Colleges and other institutions across the South West region
Website www.swern.net.uk

SWERN (The South West England Regional Network) is one of the regional networks that make up Janet, the UK's research and education network. SWERN is owned and operated by the universities of Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol, Bath and the West of England and also provides high speed connections to the other South West Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Additionally more than 40 further education institutions, specialist colleges and adult learning centres connect to the SWERN backbone to obtain Janet and Internet connectivity. SWERN serves approximately 450,000 users through the region.

SWERN was created in 2002 in order to provide services most efficiently and economically across the whole of the South West. The networks of SWAN and BWEMAN merged to form SWERN, a company limited by guarantee. SWERN has formed a contractual relationship with Janet to operate the regional network that connects sites to the Janet backbone.

SWERN is owned and operated by its member institutions. From the Board of Directors to the User Group all members of SWERN are taken from the institutions connecting to it.

SWERN also covers Cheltenham which is home two higher education agencies; UCAS, the university admissions service, and HESA, the university statistics service.

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