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Local Administrative Permissions

As part of our continual efforts to improve information security, local administrative permissions on University managed devices will no longer be permitted. 

Initially colleagues were granted administrative permissions to install software onto University devices, however these elevated permissions allow the holder to perform actions other than installing software and they can be misused (including unintentionally) putting University data and systems at risk.

There is already a process in place for staff to request the installation of software on University devices, and so there are very few situations remaining where colleagues require local administrative permissions.

How can I request software for my University device?

If you would like to use a piece of software that isn’t currently installed on your device firstly check whether the software is available on AppsAnywhere or the Software Center – if it is available you can download it yourself.

If the software is not available then you should complete the relevant Software Request Form in Unidesk Self-Service.   Please note requests for software installation take time, so you should plan ahead when requesting software for work purposes e.g., to teach a particular module.

What if I need local administrative permissions for another reason?

If you require local administrative permissions in order to make configuration changes to, or install software on several multi-user desktops e.g. in a lab for teaching, please contact the IS Service Desk to discuss your requirements.

If the software you wish to use requires local administrative permissions in order to run (not just to install), this is an indication that the software may not have been updated for compatibility with modern operating systems.  This software may be unreliable or contain unresolved bugs and security vulnerabilities, again please contact the IS Service Desk to discuss your requirements.

If you’re requesting local administrative permissions any other reason, you will need to contact the IS Service Desk and provide information about why you need access.  

Please be aware, it may not be approved.

Thank you for supporting Information Services in keeping the University, its people, and its essential services safe.