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This year’s Blackboard upgrade is scheduled to take place over the weekend of 28-30 July 2017. The upgrade will start at the end of the day on Friday, 28 July and continue throughout the weekend. Staff and students will not be able to access shuspace and Blackboard sites during the upgrade. We expect the service to be …
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Cyber threats usually find their way into an organisation because members of staff have accidentally clicked on a malicious attachment or website link. Here are some key things to remember to reduce the likelihood of a future attack being successful. 1. Always be on your guard for suspicious emails Attacks typically begin through email messages …
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A new solution has been integrated with Blackboard which will allow students and staff to upload media files (currently up to 2GB in size), such as video assignments and video or audio feedback, safe in the knowledge that the files are stored securely. Other benefits include: files are uploaded to a central publishing point and …
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The University will shortly be releasing an improved online application form for all full-time postgraduate taught courses; the online system will also be available for some part-time courses. The online application will be clearly signposted to applicants from individual course entries within the online prospectus pages and this will be the default application route, however …
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Digital Technology Services has now completed the upgrade to our University’s internet connection to provide a tenfold increase in our network capacity.  This work has greatly enhanced current performance – you may already have noticed a faster service – and, together with the IT Network improvement programme which is underway across campus, will ensure we …
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The University is moving its phone system from analogue to digital and DTS has been running trials of digital (Unified Comms) in various areas.  Following feedback and consultation with users, we now have a model that we will be rolling out across the University. During 2017, we will be installing a traditional-style handset (which does not depend …
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Following a successful pilot last year, DTS and L3S are introducing a new Chromebook loan service from Monday 13 February.  This service is for students to use while they are working in the library.  Chromebooks are different from traditional laptops and many students find them better for studying than laptops or PCs. They are faster …
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Ransomware is a type of malware used for hijacking data in which the attacker encrypts data making it inaccessible and demands payment for the decryption key.  It installs covertly on a computer, typically carried out using a Trojan (a type of virus) disguised as a legitimate file, which is spread through email attachments, infected programs and compromised websites. …
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The December holiday period, when online retail activity peaks, is a particularly rewarding time of year for cyber criminals. You can help protect yourself – and the University – by being alert to the dangers and thinking carefully before you respond to anything if you’re not absolutely sure of the provenance.  Some attempts are easy …
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Several items of portable IT equipment have been lost or stolen both on and off-site recently, including laptops and mobile phones. Obviously these are easily portable and attractive to thieves. To diminish the risk of loss occurring, staff should bear the following in mind; Portable equipment should be locked away at the end of each …
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