From the start of the 2010/11 academic year, undergraduates and taught postgraduates will be getting an updated and much improved email service known as Unimail.
Unimail is run by Microsoft and is part of their Live@edu service that many universities are now using for their student email. Unimail is hosted in Dublin and allows students to get a number of extra features they have not had before:
- a much bigger mail quota of 10Gb
- an email address that can be retained after leaving the University
- a whopping personal storage space of 25Gb, known as the SkyDrive
- access to collaboration tools such as Windows Live Messenger
- the ability to create and share documents online using Office Live.
One of the most important collections of printed ephemera is now freely available online for the benefit of researchers and students thanks to investement from JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee).
University printer, John de Monins Johnson began collecting in 1920, his idea was to preseve the things people glance at then throw in the bin. This invaluable collection includes images of theatre programmes, matchbox labels and confectionary adverts to name but a few. Each item is presented as a full-colour, high resolution facsimile and is an invaluable resource for anyone studying the development of printing and visual culture in Britain.
Click here to view the John Johnson Collection.
New developments in the pipeline from our IT team include:-
Online payments for printing credit
Online password reset (students)
UCB student forum
Further details will be posted here, watch this space.
New for the 2010/11 academic session:-
Print server – as Windows 7 is ’64bit’ we’ve had to build a new print server. We’ll be calling in to all the staff offices at some point to swap everyone over to the new system (before turn the old one off!).
Student email system – Computing services has now outsourced the student email system. This means that a student’s university email address will be available to t hem for life, even after they finish University. The email system will now be hosted by Microstoft (Windows Live) meaning that students will eventually have the benefits of everything that comes with a Live account. Student email addresses will change to firstname.lastname@example.org Staff email will remain the same.
Text service – Staff and students can now text Library and Computing Centre (LCC) staff with questions and comments. Users should text “UCB LCC” followed by their question to 81025. LCC staff can also use this to advertise new products, opening times etc but users will need to subscribe to get this facility.
UCB1/03 – previously the Student Common Room will now become an extra PC lab with 22 new PCs and 14 spaces for group study and laptop use. There will be a height adjustable desk for accessibility. The Studen Common Room has been relocted to Floor 3.
UCB2/19 – has been refurbished and upgraded to high-spec PCs. There will be dual purpose desks, more PCs and a podium (a dual purpsoe desk as an in-built mechanism so that the monitor can be put away when not in use).
All student PCs are being upgraded to Windows 7this summer and any new staff PCs that now arrive will be getting the new operating system too. Windows 7 has a more user-friendly interface and is faster than XP.
All student iMacs will now come with Mac OSX 10.6 aka Snow Leopard. Snow Leopard is faster and more reliable than previous versions of Mac OSX.
The Big Huge Labs site (http://bighugelabs.com) lets you do fun things with your pictures, such as create jigsaws, collages, pop art posters etc. For David Hockney fans there is even the option to ‘Hockneyize’ your photographs.
Most options are free but in some cases you will have to pay a small fee if you want to print some images out.