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Research Computing Services: FEniCS Conference Workshop new Tue 23 Jun 2020   09:00 CANCELLED

Bookings for this course are placed on hold in response to the rapidly changing events due to COVID-19. The status of these courses will be reviewed towards the end of April 2020. See the University's COVID-19 page for up to date information.

FEniCS tutorial held alongside the FEniCS 2020 conference. The tutorial will be run by the FEniCS-X developers and expert users.

Booking for this event can be made online

Room Booker System Roadshow new Fri 19 Jul 2019   10:00 Finished
  • The Faculty of Education has recently adopted the University’s new room booking system Booker, and would like to invite you to a briefing session to learn more about the system.
  • Booker is a free, user-friendly, quick and robust cloud-based service that provides an effective means of managing rooms within any Department and also promotes the sharing of available room space. It’s part of the Education Space project being run by Professor Graham Virgo to improve the space utilisation within the University and to provide a uniform approach to the booking of rooms, both within departments and across University sites.
  • The Faculty of Education is hosting a briefing session during which the Booker team will provide a short demonstration of the system and its capabilities and you’ll be able to put questions both to the team and to current users of the system.
  • Refreshments will be provided at 10:00. The presentation will begin at 10:30.

Countless busy professionals are now turning to speech recognition to speed up creating documents and streamlining their workflow.

This course will focus on how to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking for education to improve accuracy and will show you how to customise the software for your writing style.

The aim of this course is to teach you how to achieve 99% accuracy with Dragon NaturallySpeaking so that you spend less time correcting mis-recognitions and more time dictating text at speeds of up to 140 words per minute!

With Dragon you are only limited to the speed you can think - come and learn how get Dragon working for you!

See success stories of how Dragon is being used by education.

SCOPUS: Get Started (Online) new Self-taught Booking not required

This is free introductory training on using the SCOPUS abstract and citation database, created by the professional academic trainers at SCOPUS and selected for curation by UIS training staff.

You can access the training here

Use your Raven password to access the SCOPUS reference database

After some years of dominance by packages owned by the Thomson Reuters organisation, the number of options available for managing references and inserting formatted reference citations into documents has expanded considerably. This course aims to provide a basic over-view which will assist you to select one which is best suited to your scholarly interests and field of work.

Coverage of packages is not intended to be exhaustive but you should come away with a broad-brush idea of what reference management software can and can't do to assist your work and the strengths and weaknesses of some of the most common ones.

Statistics for the Terrified Self-taught Not bookable

Statistics for the Terrified is a common-sense basic guide to statistics, written in plain english with a minimum of mathematics (very little!). It makes statistics open to common sense. See online site Statistics for the Terrified

Access to the course contents is available on all MCS machines by following this pathway:

  • Start > Concept Stew > Statistics for the Terrified

More information and advise on statistics can be found at the University's Statistics Clinic

Support for Migration To and Use Of Exchange Online new Tue 29 Aug 2017   10:00 Finished

This course is for IT Support Staff who may support users of Exchange Online. It will describe the mechanisms for migrations from Hermes and an on-premise Exchange service. The practical exercises will cover a range of operating systems and mail clients.

Please note that this is a one day course with two sessions and a break to lunch.

Using the Parallel Computing capabilities in MATLAB allows you to take advantage of additional hardware resources that may be available either locally on your desktop or on clusters and clouds. By using more hardware, you can reduce the cycle time for your workflow and solve computationally- and data-intensive problems faster.

In this seminar, we will discuss a range of workflows available to scale MATLAB applications with minimal changes to your MATLAB code and without needing to learn any shell or scheduler programming syntax.

TechLink Community: IT Forum new Wed 25 Mar 2020   14:15 POSTPONED

University Information Services (UIS) and the TechLink coordinators are hosting an IT forum event for Lent Term. During the afternoon we'll highlight some important UIS updates from a variety of divisions and in addition, you'll hear from some external speakers of tech expertise.

TechLink Community: IT Forum Fri 29 Mar 2019   14:00 Finished

University Information Services (UIS) and the TechLink coordinators are hosting a second IT forum event. The afternoon event will cover UIS updates from the Infrastructure and DevOps Divisions and a representative from Dell.

  • 14:15-14:25: Introduction to IT Portfolios. Mark Rowland will give a brief overview of what the Portfolios are and who in the University is responsible for each element.
  • 14:25-14:55: The UIS Accessibility Working Group will update on work going on to ensure that we provide accessible services. They will highlight plans for institutions that will need to adapt to review the accessibility of their own websites and services and to write accessibility statements. There'll be a demo of screen reading technology working with inaccessible materials, and the difference that a few relatively simple updates can make to improve the experience for all.
  • 14:55-15:05: Rich Wareham from UIS DevOps will share what UIS's technology staff hope to achieve by starting a new Community of Practice following a recent unconference event.
  • 15:05-15:15: Break
  • 15:15-15:50: Phoenix Software (our Microsoft Office365 partners) will update on some of the shared Office 365 experience across the University, including how some institutions are using Mimecast, such as for GDPR compliance. - POSTPONED
  • 15:50-16:00: The recent Oxford IT Forum Conference was another excellent combination of talks and workshops, and vendor interaction. Brief highlights of the day will be provided by Ronald Haynes, along with ideas about further expanding our collaborative IT efforts with Oxford.
  • 16:00-16:30: Celebratory refreshments -This will be the final seminar of this academic year, and as usual, there will be some light refreshments to celebrate the end-of-term!
  • A presentation and workshop-style session introducing how IT works in the University of Cambridge. Covering what is expected of an IT professional working within a college, department or University institution, this session will explain what resources are available for them, including IT-specific material.
  • This induction is useful for any new (or relatively new) IT staff, or as a refresher for those who may have missed the opportunity to attend at the start of their IT role within the University.
  • The session will provide the opportunity to network with IT professionals across the University, and to meet UIS staff and Relationship Managers who are key contacts for supporting IT staff.

The Research Computing Services division has recently launched a new service which provides infrastructure as a service (IaaS) capability. The service provides instant high-performance compute, storage, network resources and other functionality. It helps to avoid the expense and complexity of buying and managing your own physical servers and other data centre infrastructure. It enables IT practitioners and research groups to build their own scalable platforms that fit their exact needs and requirements. More information can be found here

The research Computing Services team will present Research Computing Cloud service capabilities and details about the platform that the service is built on. There also will be a live demo of the platform and a Q&A session.

The Research Computing Services team will provide an update on some recent and engaging developments by the division, including:

  • An overview of current CSD3 (Cambridge Service for Data-Driven Discovery) platforms as well as some key news about planned upgrades in the forthcoming months.
  • The Data Accelerator - high performance, all-flash ephemeral storage for a new kind of scratch tier. New storage offering for the most demanding science workloads.
  • Bare metal cloud with Openstack - taking a peek into the future of the research computing infrastructure.
  • Secure Research Computing Platform - Using OpenStack, GitlabTerraform, Ansible to deliver secure (and movable) computing environments. Includes a demonstration.

There will also be a brief TechLink Community update, including an overview of a developing joint pilot for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with Cambridge, Oxford, Glasgow, Edinburgh (COGENT).

Handling the large volume of spam, ransomware and other malware delivered via email to often indignant users has become quite a large part of standard IT duties over the past few years. Along with the increasing complexity of the tricks and techniques used by hacker groups for spearphishing and delivering malware, it is clearly apparent that there is only so much that professional IT staff can expect from their users in terms of determining what is, and is not, malware or phishing.

Yet the pressure on often relatively junior administrative and financial staff has not decreased and the time taken to try and work out what is genuine and what is not does not make for smooth time management. Most important of all, IT practitioners must not indulge in the blame culture when an incident happens, simply because the person blamed will probably never "own up" to making a possible mistake again. A positive culture - even admitting "Yes, it has happened to me" - is essential to encourage users to be open about mistakes.

This seminar will attempt to show some of the more common of the latest spammer tricks, and introduce some tools which (hopefully) will make your life easier.

TechLink: Induction Day for new IT Staff new Fri 24 Nov 2017   09:00 Finished

Induction Day for new IT Staff

This day-long session introduces how IT works in the University of Cambridge, its idiosyncrasies and governance, what is expected of an IT professional working within the collegiate university and what resources are available for them. It covers IT specific material and does not duplicate the PPD Introductory Conference. The programme for the day is:

9:00-9:30 Registration
9:30-9:50 Welcome to Cambridge
9:50-10:30 IT within the University
10:30-10:50 Coffee
10:50-11:30 The user
11:30-12:10 The network
12:10-13:30 Lunch — representatives from various service groups will be milling around to talk to
13:30-14:10 Your responsibilities
14:10-14:50 University-wide services
14:50-15:10 Coffee
15:10-15:50 Building the IT community
15:50-16:00 Conclusion and End

Kieren Lovell and Dr David Modic, from the Computer Laboratory, will be presenting on the most common attack vectors for Social Engineering, and connecting the research to practical advice for Researchers and Staff travelling to areas of increased risk.

As an experiment, we are looking to run this event in webinar format. Joining instructions will be e-mailed to those that have signed up by 11am on the day.

TechLink Seminar: The Blue Active Directory new Wed 22 Feb 2017   14:15 Finished

Bob Dowling will be talking about Blue, the UIS' Active Directory, what options it creates for Institutional IT staff and plans for further development.

TechLink Seminar: The Cyber Security Programme new Wed 22 Mar 2017   14:15 Finished

With the recent opening of the National Cyber Security Centre, Cyber Security is a phrase that we will soon be hearing a lot more frequently. Cassie Bradley, the Programme Manager for the UIS' Cyber Security initiative, will be talking about the projects that are in progress and introducing some of the people involved in making the University a more secure place to work.

Ashley Culver, Head of the UIS Security Operations Centre Security Engineering team, will talk about the teams two current large projects:

  • The Managed Firewall Service
  • The Intrusion Detection Service
TechLink Seminar: The Year Ahead new Wed 18 Oct 2017   14:15 Finished

Prof. Ian Leslie, the interim Director of UIS, will be presenting our annual view of the coming year in University IT.

Wojciech Turek, head of the Research Computing Platforms team and service owner for storage services will provide an overview of the recently released UIS storage services for research data and how they can benefit researchers and help to improve way researchers store and process data. Wojciech will also provide insight into the development of the forthcoming institutional storage service and Storage Self-Service portal. Matt Raso-Barnett and Paul Browne will look under the hood of the current storage services and provide insight into the storage platforms and how we built them.

Estonia has been at the forefront of Tech for a decade. Voting, taxes, prescriptions, and a whole lot more, are all online. Internet access is a right, laid down in the law.

Now, everyone can have the digital benefits that an Estonian takes for granted. Kieren Lovell will help you find out more on how you too can become a digital e-Estonian nomad.

Admin note: This will be presented as a webinar. The booking form lists a room as this is a requirement of the training booking system but there will be no activity in this room. Instead you should connect with a Flash-capable web browser and headphone or speakers from the comfort of your own Institution.

A course for Telephone Liaison Officers to learn the features of the Telecoms Administration Systems.

UIS Staff: Respect at Work Workshop new Tue 26 Jun 2018   09:30 Finished
  • In the context of professional conduct and the HE environment, it will cover dignity at work, harassment, bullying & sexual misconduct and breaking the silence
  • This workshop will consist of three parts, totalling 3 hours
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