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ILS News – October 29


Information & Learning Services News for Week Commencing 29th October 2012

Welcome to Information & Learning Services

‘ILS’ provides you with Library, ICT, E-Learning, social learning spaces & print services across all University sites. 

Peirson Update – Phase 2

Phase 1 of the Peirson redevelopment project opened Monday 15th October, phase 2 is now almost complete

Phase 2 will open week commencing 12th November and will provide the following:

First Floor

  • Mac Suite with 40 iMacs (open access 24/7 when not booked for teaching)
  • PC Lab with 50 PCs (open access 24/7 when not booked for teaching)
  • Silent Study area with 50 PCs, 62 spaces in total in this area
  • Lobby area with 40 study spaces, PCs and laptop points
  • Printers and copiers

Ground floor

  • Lobby area with 34 study spaces and PCs
  • Flexible teaching room
  • Printers and copiers

The following facilities were installed in phase 1 in Peirson:

  • The ICT help desk
  • 85 PCs
  • 52 Laptop points, (already increased from 40 laptop points last week)
  • Print and copy facilities
  • 6 Individual study rooms
  • 2 Group study areas with large screens
  • 1 Meeting room (capacity 12 people)
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Media equipment loans

Opening Hours and PCs available for out of hours use

For safety reasons, the building’s opening hours are 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday until Phase 2 opens in November.

Outside of these hours PC rooms around campus are available for student use. Information on room availability can be found on the main screen in reception, SOLE, ILS website and ILS Facebook  ‘ LIKE’ us on Facebook and you’ll receive regular updates.

Quiet Study Space

The staff common room continues to be open for use as a ‘quiet study space’ for students until Phase 2 of the Peirson project is complete in November.

Access to Peirson

Initially access is via the ‘out of hours entrance’ (the entrance by the Conference Centre) rather than the newly formed doors.  The new doors will be commissioned in phase 2.

Building Work & Heating

Please remember that building work is continuing in the rest of the Peirson so there may be some noise disturbance and limited temporary heating is in place.

Phase Three will incorporate the Firstpoint Student Advice Desk, facilities for 1-1 advisory sessions with staff in Student and Registry Services, and a resource centre for students on careers, Earn as you Learn and learner development. Phase 3 will be fully operational in January.

ICT support 24/7

You now have access to ICT support 24/7. The ICT help desk is staffed in Peirson 9-5 Monday to Friday, outside of these hours simply call the normal ICT Helpdesk phone number: 01905 857500 at any time.  This phone service now runs out of hours as well as during the normal working day.

STAFF – New Blackboard Workshops and Drop-in sessions

Further to the popularity of the Blackboard workshops held earlier this semester, we have now arranged some further workshops for those who would like further training or who were unable to attend.

Workshop Name Date Time Room
Getting Started with Blackboard 9.1 31/10/12 14.15-15.45 EEG031
08/11/12 9.15-10.45 EEG023
13/11/12 14.15-15.45 EE1101
Communication Tools in Blackboard 19/11/12 10.15-11.45 EEG031
Using Uniview for Video Streaming 28/11/12 10.15-11.45 CJ1001 (City Campus)

We would also like to offer a further set of drop in sessions for users with more specific enquiries or training requirements. These will be held as follows;

Date Time Room
Blackboard Drop-in Surgery 1/11/12 10.15-12.15 EE1101
6/11/12 14.15-16.15 EEG031
14/11/12 10.15-12.15 PN1002
23/11/12 10.15-12.15 EE1101
26/11/12 14.15-16.15 PN1002

Please book for any of these events via the staff development workshop booking form on the staff portal.

STAFF – Moodle is shutting down

Moodle is due to be switched off on 11th January 2013.

Please move any material you have stored on Moodle to Blackboard or an alternative storage space. For further information contact the E-Learning Support team via email

The Hive (the new University and Public Library)

If you need help or advice about University services at The Hive or would like to arrange a tour contact details are as follows:

  • Staff at The Hive (black tops, gold lanyards)
  • Email
  • Look at the ‘Quick start pocket guide to The Hive for University students’, available from Reception points or online:

Getting to The Hive

WalkingThe Hive is a 3 minute walk from City Campus, a 20 minute walk from St Johns Campus and 6 minute walk from Riverside. The walking route is detailed here

ParkingUniversity parking permits cover parking at St Johns, Riverside and Coppertops Car Parks.  Riverside is a 6-minute walk from The Hive.  Parking tickets can be transferred to other campuses (e.g. you can park for a lecture at St John’s and use the same ticket at Riverside later).

Details of County Council car park charges can be found here – they often run ‘special deals’

Car park outside The Hive – 90p an hour.  Croft Road – 60p an hour

BusesTwo different bus services run every half hour from St Johns Campus passing Riverside on the way
(4 services per hour)
31B Uni Shuttle and the 31 (last bus 23:48)

Bus timetable:

Bike loan scheme (20 bikes) – Drop off/pick up at City & St John’s. More details here:

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