Information Services

The ISsue


eBulletin for information and technology developments for the University                      September 2011 


Improvements to wireless on main campus

Information Services have been improving wireless connectivity and capacity on main campus this summer, with the installation of 183 new Wireless Access Points.

These have been installed in:

  • Hallward Library
  • Greenfield Medical Library
  • Sir Clive Granger Building
  • Law & Social Sciences Building

A second phase of the improvements will begin over the coming months, with 157 Wireless Access Points to be installed in four more areas: 

  • Portland Building
  • UP Sports Centre
  • Built Environment inc. Paton House
  • Business Building South

Staff and students will see significant improvements to connectivity in these areas.

Please note: some Android devices can only connect to internal websites and not the Internet due to an issue with proxy settings on these devices and not the University network.  

New guides for users to connect to wireless and email

A guide to connect to the UoN-secure wireless network service for iPad users is now available to download on the IS website. 

New guides are also available on how to access your University email with your smartphone. Guides are currently available for iPad, iPhone and BlackBerry (personal).

Test our new smartphone app

We are developing new free Mobile Nottingham apps for smart phone users delivering need-to-know information about services at the University. Students and staff can take part by trying these to test functionality and help us improve them.

Our first version for Apple’s iPhone is already on Apple’s iTunes store. Using your iPhone, visit the iTunes Store and search for ‘UoN Student’ and follow the instructions.

Version 1 is also now available for Android phones. Visit the Android Marketplace to download the app.

We are completing other versions for BlackBerry and Windows phones. We will let you know when these apps are ready to try.

When you start using your version, send comments and ideas or report issues and bugs via the Feedback feature within the app.

Removal of pop-up print cost for students

The pop-up window on PCs telling students their print job cost has been removed.

Students can still see the cost of their print job before printing on the MFD display.

The pop-up window was originally introduced to advise students the default print setting was colour before this was changed to mono last year.  

Open Nottingham recognised in national award

The Open Nottingham team based at King’s Meadow Campus, has won joint second place in the The Association for Learning Technology’s Learning Technologist of the Year Award .

The award recognises the achievements of the Open Nottingham team in supporting open learning within teaching; across the University over 70% of schools are now publishing openly and there is a 500% increase in content submissions in the last academic year.

The team has had a substantial impact on working practices, has empowered students to broaden their educational experience and has established Open Educational Resources (OER) as a mainstream activity for the University. The Xpert repository is now the largest collection of open learning resources in the world.

TouchStone Open Source e-Assessment

Information Services has recently secured JISC funding to support the release of TouchStone, an e-assessment tool originally developed within the Medical School, as an open source solution. In 2010, the University adopted TouchStone as the centrally supported e-assessment tool and has recently completed a programme of work to migrate all QMP users over to the new tool. This next phase will develop the tool further and encourage wider community engagement.

Working with core partners as the Universities of Bedfordshire, DeMonfort, West of Scotland, East Anglia Medical School and Oxford Medical Sciences Division, the project will update, promote and create support materials to facilitate the release of Touchstone as a publically available open source e-assessment tool. In particular we aim to create, as a community, a leading e-assessment management system that is scalable, secure, usable and extensible.

Following on from previous successful open source e-learning tools such as Xerte, the TouchStone open source project is an exciting opportunity to further enhance and impact online assessment and provide a leading solution to benefit the whole of the HE community. The project has just begun and will run for 12 months.

From quagmire to ADMIRe: a new project grounding research data management

Since the Climatic Research Unit email controversy in 2009, there has a been a growing awareness that effective support for research and sound and secure management of research data are mission critical responsibility. The University has been working towards creating the infrastructure, policies and tools to facilitate good research data management and now has secured JISC funding to expand on this.

The project overview 

  • it’s named -ADMIRe (A Data Management Infrastructure for Research) and will run for two years
  • its scope is wide - it aims to establish and pilot a sustainable research data management infrastructure
  • the strands of work consist of: policy and guidance development, analysis and requirements gathering, skills and support infrastructure development, technical infrastructure development (in two phases), pilots in all five Faculties, sustainability planning, and evaluation
  • ultimately the University will work to improve research data management capability, extend opportunity for data reuse and ‘open up’ research data in line with JISC programme objectives

Professor Bob Webb input into the bid and has agreed to chair the Steering Group. He is keen that the project is joined up with other activity in this area.

It is expected that the project team will draw on expertise from across Information Services and the wider University.

Find out more about research data management and the current issue of JISC Headlines includes two podcasts from experts in the field.
ther relevant websites include:
Digital Curation Centre
Joint Information Systems Committee

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