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2015 IT Services news

Database downtime affecting systems on 8 & 15 December

Monday 30 November 2015

We are carrying out work to improve our database system which will necessitate two significant periods of downtime for a number of systems on Tuesday 8 and Tuesday 15 December.

A new way to get IT support

Tuesday 24 November 2015

The IT Support Office in Fairhurst closes at 5pm on Friday 18 December. From Monday 21 December you'll be able to get help with IT at the Library Help Desk, until 4pm on Christmas Eve. We’ll re-open there at 9am on Monday 4 January.

Change to the VPN

Thursday 12 November 2015

On Tuesday 17 November we will be making some changes to the way the VPN works.

IT Services survey 2015

Wednesday 28 October 2015

We want to know what you think about IT Services. Fill in our survey now and you could win a Fitbit or Bettys hamper!

Save, share, collaborate with Google Apps

Monday 5 October 2015

Your University of York IT account gives you access to Google Apps for Education, allowing you to create, share and work collaboratively on documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

Infrastructure testing: 18 December

Sunday 4 October 2015

On Friday 18 December we’re carrying out a significant business continuity exercise, which will put IT systems at risk throughout the day. The date selected is outside term-time in order to minimise impact on teaching and learning.

Heidi Fraser-Krauss - our new Director

Thursday 1 October 2015

We're pleased to announce that Heidi Fraser-Krauss has now begun work in her new role as Director of Information Services and University Librarian. Heidi has been Deputy Director of Information and Head of IT Services for three years, having joined us from St Andrews in 2012.

Research computing courses: book now!

Tuesday 29 September 2015

We provide research computing courses suitable for all researchers - whatever your experience or discipline.

Stephen Town's retirement

Wednesday 23 September 2015

This week, we say goodbye to Stephen Town, University Librarian and Director of Information. His departure was marked with a presentation and farewell party last week, and with the renaming by Dr David Duncan of seminar rooms 204-5 in the Fairhurst Building, now known as The Stephen Town Seminar Rooms.

Welcome to IT Services

Tuesday 22 September 2015

Welcome to the University of York! Whether you’re a new undergraduate, postgraduate, researcher or international student we’re here to make sure you can get the most out of IT during your time at York.

IT training - Autumn and Spring terms

Friday 18 September 2015

Our IT training sessions for Autumn and Spring term are now available for University staff and Postgraduate Researchers.

Filestore downtime: Thursday 24 September

Tuesday 15 September 2015

We're upgrading the file servers that provide your central filestore to increase their speed and capacity. This means there'll be a short period of downtime from 7am on Thursday 24 September.

Update: VPN now supports Windows 10

Tuesday 15 September 2015

The issues with using the VPN from Windows 10 have now been resolved.

Summer IT room maintenance

Friday 14 August 2015

Over the summer vacation, we're carrying out routine maintenance in our IT rooms.

Password policies for associate staff

Friday 31 July 2015

Password policies have been applied to staff accounts at the University following recommendations from our auditors and requirements from funding bodies. We will now roll-out these policies to associate staff accounts between 1 and 29 September 2015.

CityConnect: wifi for campus visitors

Wednesday 8 July 2015

We’re pleased to announce that the City of York’s wifi, CityConnect, is now available on campus. It’s provided on our network, in conjunction with the council, in the same way that eduroam is now available in the city centre, hosted on the council’s network.

Downtime for internet access: Tuesday 30 June

Wednesday 24 June 2015

We're carrying out work to upgrade our internet connection - this will mean internet access is briefly unavailable.

Downtime for internet access: Tuesday 23 June

Monday 15 June 2015

We're carrying out work to upgrade our internet connection - this will mean internet access is briefly unavailable.

Network at risk

Thursday 11 June 2015

On 20 and 21 June, Estates will be carrying out work to remove the covered walkway by Vanbrugh Piazza. As the covered walkway houses cables including those used for the network, we will be rerouting some network services on Tuesday 16 and Thursday 18 June. Please see the details below of how this may affect services.

York Print Plus upgrade

Thursday 11 June 2015

We are carrying out vital work to upgrade the York Print Plus service on Tuesday 7 July. As a result, all York Print Plus services will be unavailable between 7am and 11am*, and should be considered at risk until midday (ie they may not be working as expected).

New SPSS training portal

Thursday 11 June 2015

We now have additional SPSS training resources available to members of the University.

Microsoft Office - now free for staff

Monday 18 May 2015

We are pleased to announce that staff can now install Microsoft Office for free on up to five devices.

Organise your research using Paperpile!

Tuesday 14 April 2015

Paperpile, our newest reference management tool, lets you manage your research library, create quick citations, and collaborate with others on papers and reference lists.

Eduroam wifi in the city centre

Tuesday 24 March 2015

We are pleased to announce that the eduroam wifi network is now available in York city centre.

IT Support Office reduced service: Monday 16 March and Tuesday 31 March

Tuesday 10 March 2015

As a result of staff development activities, there will be a reduced level of staff in IT Services on Monday 16 March and Tuesday 31 March.

IT Services staff shortlisted for Professional@York awards

Tuesday 10 March 2015

We're pleased to announce that both individuals and teams from IT Services have been nominated for a number of Professional@York awards.

Managed Windows desktop changes

Thursday 5 March 2015

We will be making a number of updates to the managed Windows desktop over the coming months as detailed below.

IT facilities over the Easter vacation

Tuesday 3 March 2015

IT facilities will be available as normal for most of the Easter vacation.

Celebrating 200,000 problems resolved & questions answered

Monday 2 March 2015

We're celebrating 200,000 queries in six and a half years.

Loss of external connection: 21 February 2015

Monday 23 February 2015

Many staff and students will be aware that the University lost external network connectivity on Saturday (21 February) from around 8.15pm till around 9.15pm. This was an issue that affected us and a number of other universities in the Yorkshire and Humberside area.

Security issues for Lenovo laptops/PCs

Friday 20 February 2015

You may have seen press reports about security concerns affecting Lenovo laptops and PCs. These concerns centre on hidden adware installed on the machines which affects their security. The problem affects models sold in the last six months - Lenovo state that the adware is not installed on any machines now being sold.

Google Knowledge Sharing - Spring 2015

Monday 9 February 2015

We're hosting a number of Google Knowledge Sharing events this term to enable staff to learn more about Google, ask questions, and discuss ways to use Google Apps.

Learn EndNote Online this term

Monday 19 January 2015

This term, we're offering training sessions on EndNote Online to help you manage your references and citations.

Changes to your network connection

Monday 12 January 2015

On Tuesday 13 January 2015, at 8am, we will be changing the way that you securely connect to the network (either the eduroam wireless network or the wired NAS network).

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