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September 13
Celebrate the launch of the Explore Studio, Falmer

The aim of the Explore Studio is to support staff in changing their teaching practice to
make the most of technology and have a safe, supported space in which to experiment.


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You are invited to celebrate the opening of the Falmer Explore Studio and find out
how you can use the space. This is a drop in event allowing to people to see the
range of things on offer in the studio, ask questions and to declare it officially open!

Drop in between 10am and 1pm on Friday 6th October.

The Explore Studio is part of the Teaching and Learning Modernisation programme

Find out more about the Explore Studio

September 11
Windows 10 in teaching rooms

​All Windows computers in student computer rooms and teaching rooms have been upgraded to Windows 10, and some teaching software has been updated to later versions.

You should not notice much difference, but the way you open and save your files has changed. This short document includes instructions for opening and saving your files.

If you are teaching in one of these rooms, we recommend that you go and try out the new set up.

August 21
Subject Guides redesign – Summer 2017

Through usability testing, we analysed what people liked and didn’t like about the current guides and looked at which sections were not being used. A new guide template has been designed based on this analysis and it also incorporates useful new features and tools that were made available to us after a recent software upgrade.

We are currently reworking our subject guides using the new guide template and the refreshed guides will be much more visual and have completely new sections and content. They will be live by the start of the 2017/2018 academic year. We hope you will like them.

August 16
studentcentral and studentfolio summer upgrades

studentcentral has been upgraded this summer which has added some great new features, find out more in our blog post:

Drag and drop files - Submission receipts - Photo classlists - Mobile apps

We have also updated our studentcentral online training videos for students.

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studentfolio, our eportfolio tool, has also been upgraded to the latest version of Mahara. Find out about the new app-style navigation and more in our blog post.

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July 13
Information Services RePrint Service

​​From 1st August 2017, all print requests to Reprographics should be submitted electronically via RePrint for a much faster service.

http://reprint.brighton.ac.uk

The benefits of this service include:
 
* All requests are allocated a job tracking number
* All customers will receive an automated email when your order is complete
* Templates are available for business stationery
* You can view all print services in one place
 
 
June 09
Information Services win Green Impact Awards

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Today, three teams from Information Services received their Green Impact Awards.

(Top) Aldrich Libary received their Gold award, and achieved the highest points of any University of Brighton team.

(Left) Reprographics received their Working Towards Bronze Award.

(Right) Watts Ground Floor received their Bronze award and the Innovation Award.



May 22
Information Services closures June 28th

Information Services staff will be attending a one day training event on Wednesday June 28th.

  • All libraries, media centres and reprographics units will be closed
  • Some open access computer rooms will be available, but in most cases you will need a UniCard to gain entry. See below for  information on access arrangements.
  • The Service Desk will be open to receive enquiries during the day. However, please note that there will be no technical staff available to respond to calls on that day.
  • Arrangements have been put in place to ensure that we can support any critical incidents.
For more information on service availability, or if you have any further queries please visit the IT Services Status Page on staffcentral or contact the Service Desk.
 

 

Access arrangements for open access computer rooms, Wednesday 28th June

 
Please note that there will be no technical support for these facilities.
 
  • Eastbourne: Queenwood library will be closed. The main open access computer room in Queenwood 111 will be open from 0830 until midnight (0000), with access by UniCard only. The computer rooms in Aldro will be open from 0830-1800
  • Falmer: The upper library floors will be shut, but the computer room on the lower library floor will be open from 0845 until midnight (0000), with access by UniCard
    • Grand Parade: St Peters House library and its computer suite will be closed. The computer suites in Grand Parade 321, Edward Street and Pavilion Parade will be open from 0830-1900
    • Hastings: The library and its computer rooms will be closed. Computer rooms in Havelock 615 will be open from 0830 with access by UniCard. The Social Learning Space will be open.
    • Moulsecoomb: Aldrich library will be ​closed. Computer rooms in Cockcroft will be open 8am-6pm, with access by UniCard. The Watts Computer Suite will be closed. Computers rooms in Mithras House will be open from 0900-1700.
May 19
Information Services support Spring Tails for BBC Springwatch

Dr Dawn Scott's research investigates the impact of providing food on the interactions between wildlife in gardens. ​As a regular presenter of BBC Springwatch, Dawn will be inviting viewers to submit their own garden stories for analysis as part of this University of Brighton research.

Information Services have provided the technology to allow the public to submit their "Spring Tails" and worked with Marketing and Communications to brand the website:

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The Spring Tails website: http://www.brighton.ac.uk/springtails

The Information Services team have also set up social media  channels on YouTube and Flickr to share the content received, with the most interesting contributions being shown on the BBC Springwatch show. 

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Dr Dawn Scott training the team of students on behavioural analysis and the IS solution

BBC Springwatch launches on 29th May, 2017. If you have photos or video of animal interactions in your garden, please send us your #springtails story.


May 18
Wide Area Network Upgrade Complete

At the end of April, Network Services completed a three year project to move all the University’s data connections between sites away from an unmanageable spider’s web of individual circuits from different providers to a single, responsive and cohesive network that delivers excellent performance with a high degree of resilience against failure of individual components.  All this has been implemented with almost no disruption to service for staff and students. 

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In short we did a lot of work, no-one noticed and it’s quite likely no-one will realise we have changed anything, but in the background our new network is working hard to be as unobtrusive and reliable as possible.  For example, in a typical week this network transfers approximately 77 Terabytes of data just within the university (not to the internet) which is about the equivalent of 15.4m photos of cats, would probably take you around 2 years to transfer over home broadband. 

Over the past three years there have been only two failures which affected a site - one of those was because the underlying BT problem affected most of Hastings town and the other only affected the Leaf Hospital for two working hours.

May 08
Aspire reading lists rollover on 23rd May

​During the 16/17 academic year there has been over 260,000 visits to our reading list pages and over 63% of modules now have a published reading list. Student feedback shows an increased satisfaction with library services in many subject areas, partially due to the improved access to reading resources.

To continue providing this service we are rolling over our Aspire online reading lists on Tuesday 23rd May for the 17/18 academic year. All published 16/17 lists will be copied to the new academic year; the new list will be in draft.

What do you need to do? 

  • Ensure all your 16/17 lists are published. Anything in draft and with unpublished changes will not roll-over. Checking to see if your lists have any unpublished changes in straight-forward - this short video show you how
  • Do not make changes to your lists on 23rd May - we will tell you when the rollover is complete

What then?

  • After rollover, go to Aspire and log in 
  • In the Edit view of your list, make any changes eg. add and remove bookmarks, then press Review and Publish 

Is that it?

  • Yes. Your new published reading list will be linked to the 17/18 studentcentral module

Further Help

  • Step-by-step instructions and video tutorials are available on our Aspire pages
  • Your Information Adviser is on hand to help with enquiries by phone, email or in person.
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