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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.
May 04
University publishes new IT Strategic Plan

Quentin North, Director of Information Services, has finalised a new IT Strategic Plan for the next five years, following detailed discussions with many people in our university community.

​Changes in the HE sector, combined with the opportunities generated by new digital technologies, demand new standards of professionalism and competitiveness and this requires a substantial rethink of the way that IT supports the university. The University Strategy states the ambition to deliver practice-based learning and research. This requires a collaborative approach to designing and delivering all of our IT services.
 
You can read a full message from Quentin at the start of the document and find out more about our vision for Information Services at the university.

Read the new IT Strategic Plan here. 

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Read the university's strategy, Practical Wisdom, here.




April 07
Raising your research profile

Within 24 hours, Dr James Cole’s research on ancestral cannibalism had over 850 mentions in media outlets worldwide, and is in the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked and scored by Altmetric.

Altmetrics Attention Score measures the quality and quantity of online attention, raises the profile of your research and is embedded in every record in the University of Brighton’s Institutional Repository.  

Dr Cole’s article is available to read freely via the University of Brighton Repository (UBR) and Scientific Reports which is an open access journal. 

Depositing in the UBR raises your research profile by having your publications more widely accessible both within the university and throughout the world. You will also be complying with the open access policies of many funding councils, ensuring your research is eligible to be considered in the REF.

You can find out more by visiting our open access pages here

 




March 30
Learning Analytics - initial results from the pilot

​Early results from the Learning Analytics pilot have now been written up and are available on the eLearning blog.



Results show a direct correlation between attendance and assignment score. 

Please read the blog post on the pilot results to find out more.

March 30
Turnitin update on the 1st August



On the 1st of August 2017 the document viewer in Turnitin, which is currently where essays are reviewed and marked, will be upgraded to the new Feedback Studio. This change will be implemented across the UK, some British HEIs have moved to the Feedback Studio already, as have HEIs in the United States.

To find out more, please read our blog post providing a summary of the main changes

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