News from IT Services

Here you will find all the latest news from IT Services. It includes information on maintenance and current problems.

Maintenance affecting Blackboard Collaborate – Friday 3 August 11.00pm – Saturday 4 August 4.00am

Essential maintenance is planned to update Blackboard Collaborate between 11.00pm on Friday 3 August and 4.00am on Saturday 4 August 2018. Blackboard Collaborate will be unavailable during this time, however Blackboard itself will remain available.

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Reflect Lecture Capture maintenance - unavailable Saturday 28 July 2018 11pm - Sunday 29 July 2018 2am

Reflect lecture capture will be upgraded on Saturday 28 July 2018 from 11.00pm until 2.00am on Sunday 29 July 2018. Lecture Capture will be unavailable during this time.

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Teaching software for academic year 2018-19

As student PCs will be upgraded to Windows 10 this summer, these are the programs which be newly installed for use in teaching. If you have any concerns about which programs you will teach with, let us know.

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Withdrawal of Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect is being withdrawn, as the current version is old and subject to a number of security vulnerabilities. Instead, staff are being assisted to transition their content and use new solutions for hosting meetings.

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Things you should know and do following Spectre and Meltdown bugs

You may be aware of the current security issue which is affecting computers across the world as described in the national news.

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Updated: Protect Against the Spectre/Meltdown Bugs by Updating and Upgrading your Mac Operating Systems

There are a number of updates you should do on your University Mac following the computer chip bugs that have recently been discovered.

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Update Safari on your Mac to protect against Spectre bug

All University Mac users are strongly advised to update to the newest version of Apple’s Safari web browser in order to protect against the impact of the Spectre bug recently announced in the news. The update will help to ensure that Macs have the latest security features, and remain compatible with other University systems.

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Updates to University PCs in response to computer chip bugs

You may see more updates to your University PC than usual due to the current Meltdown and Spectre issues reported in the national news.

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