IS Director's Office e-bulletin - Feb 2015
Welcome to the Information Services Director’s Office e-bulletin.
Information Services is embarking on an ambitious programme of work to deliver positive and effective digital transformation to improve student experience and support the University through a period of change.
This e-bulletin aims to keep you updated on the work of Information Services and to tell you about some exciting developments which will benefit you and your students.
We’re here to help so if you have any queries or questions, please get in touch.
Support for Research
Online First Strategy
Academic Suite of Products
Research is a key priority for the University and Information Services is working with research students to build collaborative and community tools, along with the development of extended storage and enhanced access.
The Research Management Systems Project will provide a system to support the University’s research ambition, whilst the investment in Novi Survey will facilitate the gathering and analysis of data.
The Research Repository is the University’s open access showcase for published research. To be eligible for inclusion in the next REF, it is vital you deposit the final pre-publication version of your work in the Repository as soon as it is accepted for publication.
What is open access? Read our Open Access blog and webpages for information on this developing area to find out how it affects your work and the next REF.
You can embed parts of the En:compass Moodle resource within your modules to help your students develop the skills they need for today’s online academic world by improving their digital literacy.
Information Services are in the early stages of designing and developing the Online First Strategy for staff.
This business system and process improvement programme will move University form submissions and associated processes online, where they’ll be accessible via a services portal.
The aim is to simplify the authorisation process and ensure access to all services is intuitive and streamlined, ultimately improving operational effectiveness and achieving efficiencies.
Internationalisation, user experience and the increasing need to collaborate online is the driving force behind our continued commitment to developing and supporting an innovative academic suite of products:
WebEx which provides the University with a real-time, collaborative web environment for meetings and learning & teaching events. Within the University it’s already being used for virtual meetings, tutorials, paperless boards and more.
The Moodle upgrade on 7th February, will provide new features and enhancements, including a plugin for the University’s Online Video Service.
Camtasia Relay, enables you to easily record your computer’s screen and create recordings using a microphone and webcam - you can then immediately upload your recording to the Online Video Service.
Finally, the Virtual Desktop Service has proved invaluable to both staff and students – it enables you to access a University Desktop anywhere, any time on almost any device!
Learn more about our Academic Applications.
Information Security is currently high on our agenda. It affects the entire University population and should be in the forefront of all of our minds as we carry out our work from sending emails to saving files.
Within Information Services we’re working on a number of initiatives to raise awareness of Information Security and its impact on the University and its members:
We’re reviewing our Information Security Policies.
We’re piloting Information Security Online Training.
We’re running Information Security and Data Encryption Training, the next session is on 19th February and can be booked via HR Connect
We’ll be running Information Security Roadshows at all 3 campuses w/c 23rd February.
We’re also reviewing and rewriting our Information Security intranet pages. The new pages will be available soon, in the meantime why not explore our existing Information Security Intranet pages.