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  • School of CS newsletter

    Published: Wednesday, 05 June 2019

    Weekly newsletter for the School of CS

    [ top ]News from Head of School

    Summer Graduation Ceremony

    The School's Graduation Ceremony is on 15th July at 1600 hrs, with a do in the marquee afterwards. It's good to put on a show for our graduating students and their guests, so it would be great to have as many academics in their finery as possible at the ceremony. Please sign up for our Graduation ceremony at:               https://staffnet.manchester.ac.uk/news/display/?id=21870

    The deadline for this to be completed is Friday 21st June 2019, but it would be very helpful if you could sign up as soon as possible so that the procession numbers are known.  The Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer Patrick Hackett will be participating in the Computer Science event this year which is scheduled for 16:00 on Monday 15th July 2019.  There will be a School reception in the marquee alongside the Whitworth Hall after the ceremony.

    Robert.

     

    gravatar Karon Mee

    Stellify programme

    The Stellify Programme encourages our students to get involved in activities that will develop their skills and experiences; to become socially responsible, innovative, resourceful graduates who are able to make a positive contribution to society and are also more employable.

    The University has produced a crib sheet of information for staff, explaining the award and how our students can attain it. It also explains how it is recorded on your student’s Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).
    To see the crib sheet, visit:
    ·    The Stellify Award
    For more information on the whole programme, including inspiring student stories, visit:
    ·    Stellify

    http://www.stellify.manchester.ac.uk/

    Robert.

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    [ top ]News and announcements

    Staff Survey results 2019

    The headline results from the Staff Survey 2019 are now available on StaffNet, including the Capita highlights report and the University-level report. (Note that the Faculty and School level reports are yet to be published/distributed). 

    The overall University response rate was 69%, which is just above the sector average of 68%.

    As a result of the overall survey outcomes, the Senior Leadership Team has agreed that the key areas for the University to consider are:

    • Communications and SLT engagement across the University
    • Maintaining a positive working environment for all staff
    • How we manage change

    See the StaffNet article above to see a more detailed breakdown of response trends in key areas, plus download a full copy of the University level report.

    gravatar Kim Graakjaer

    [ top ]Events

    Data Science x Biomedical Science: Summer School

    Data Science x Biomedical Science: Summer School

    For the first time, the Alan Turing Institute, Francis Crick Institute, and Entrepreneur First are coming together to host a Summer School. Our aim is to combine expertise from data science and biomedical science in order to solve real world problems, through entrepreneurship.

     

    Date: Mon 22 July - Thurs 25 July

    Location: Francis Crick Institute, London

    Attendance is free, and bursaries are available for those travelling from outside of London.

     

    Biomedical scientists, data scientists and technologists from across the UK will come together to demystify what entrepreneurship is and explore new ways of translating their research into real world solutions.

     

    You should apply if:

    · You want to explore new ways to make an impact through your science

    · You want to develop new skills and creative ways of thinking

    · You want to expand your network and connect with talented, like-minded scientists from a range of areas

    · You want to learn from and get exposure to people you wouldn’t meet in an academic setting

    · You are interested in entrepreneurship or data-driven health

     

    You don’t need to be set on entrepreneurship, and you certainly don’t need an idea, team or product to apply. Just your curiosity and openness. If you do have entrepreneurial ambitions, this will provide you with the foundation and workable frameworks to move forward.

     

    To join, you must be available to attend all four days: Monday 22 July – Thursday 25 July from 10am – 6pm and also the evening of Thursday 25 July.

     

    Apply online by midnight Monday 24 June, and individuals will be informed of the decision no later than Monday 1 July.

    gravatar Karon Mee

    [ top ]Tech Support News

    Virtual Private Network information

    Virtual Private Network information

     

    IT Services need to let you know that in preparation for the decommissioning of the University of Manchester’s old Cisco and Shrew Soft Virtual Private Network (VPN) service, there will be a series of trial periods during which the service will be unavailable.

     

    If you have made a Cisco or Shrew Soft VPN connection prior to the start of a trial period, you will lose that connection once the trial period commences.

     

    The trial periods will take place between 2.10pm and 3.10pm on:

    · Monday 10th June

    · Tuesday 11th June

    · Wednesday 12th June

    · Thursday 13th June

    · Friday 14th June

     

    A further trial period will take place from 9am to 5pm on Thursday 20th June.

     

    The current plan is to switch off the Cisco and Shrew Soft VPN service for good, later this year.

     

     

    Information

     

     

    In November 2017, we implemented a new VPN service called GlobalProtect (or OpenVPN for some versions of Linux) and we intend to decommission the old Cisco and Shrew Soft VPN services.

     

    If you need to use a VPN to access services on campus, you must use GlobalProtect. GlobalProtect is installed by default on University managed computers, but you can find instructions on how to install GlobalProtect or OpenVPN on your own computers, on the IT Services website:

     

    · IT Services: VPN

     

    Do you access Library electronic resources (e-books, e-journals and databases)?

     

    VPN is no longer required for off-campus access to library resources.

     

    If your only use for VPN is to access electronic library resources as a student, you do not need to use GlobalProtect or any other University VPN.

     

    All electronic library resources can be accessed using the Library Access browser extension, Library Search, or by direct login on the publisher's website. Find out more:

     

    · How to access Library electronic resources

     

    · Further information on the Library Website

     

    · For phones and tablets, use the BrowZine app

     

    If you have any questions about using GlobalProtect VPN, please contact our IT Support Centre.

     

     

    Unsure which VPN you’re currently using?

     

     

     

    See below for screenshots of the different VPN software applications in use at the University:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Caroline Martin l Directorate of IT Services | Kilburn Building - Office One | The University of Manchester | 0161 275 6033 |

    www.itservices.manchester.ac.uk | Talk to us | @UoM_ITS | University of Manchester ITS

     

    gravatar Karon Mee

    Virtual Private Network information

    IT Services need to let you know that in preparation for the decommissioning of the University of Manchester’s old Cisco and Shrew Soft Virtual Private Network (VPN) service, there will be a series of trial periods during which the service will be unavailable.

     

    If you have made a Cisco or Shrew Soft VPN connection prior to the start of a trial period, you will lose that connection once the trial period commences.

     

    The trial periods will take place between 2.10pm and 3.10pm on:

    · Monday 10th June

    · Tuesday 11th June

    · Wednesday 12th June

    · Thursday 13th June

    · Friday 14th June

     

    A further trial period will take place from 9am to 5pm on Thursday 20th June.

     

    The current plan is to switch off the Cisco and Shrew Soft VPN service for good, later this year.

     

     

    Information

     

     

    In November 2017, we implemented a new VPN service called GlobalProtect (or OpenVPN for some versions of Linux) and we intend to decommission the old Cisco and Shrew Soft VPN services.

     

    If you need to use a VPN to access services on campus, you must use GlobalProtect. GlobalProtect is installed by default on University managed computers, but you can find instructions on how to install GlobalProtect or OpenVPN on your own computers, on the IT Services website:

     

    · IT Services: VPN

     

    Do you access Library electronic resources (e-books, e-journals and databases)?

     

    VPN is no longer required for off-campus access to library resources.

     

    If your only use for VPN is to access electronic library resources as a student, you do not need to use GlobalProtect or any other University VPN.

     

    All electronic library resources can be accessed using the Library Access browser extension, Library Search, or by direct login on the publisher's website. Find out more:

     

    · How to access Library electronic resources

     

    · Further information on the Library Website

     

    · For phones and tablets, use the BrowZine app

     

    If you have any questions about using GlobalProtect VPN, please contact our IT Support Centre.

     

     

    Unsure which VPN you’re currently using?

     

     

     

    See below for screenshots of the different VPN software applications in use at the University:

     

     

     

    gravatar Karon Mee

    [ top ]Social Responsibility

    Trans Staff and Students

    If you are advising a student or managing somebody who is/may be considering or undergoing the process of transition/gender reassignment, the university has a really helpful guidance document, see http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=12047

    gravatar Karon Mee

    gravatar Karon Mee
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