of CSG held 3pm-4pm on Tuesday 30th June 2015.

Present: Tim Colles, Alastair Scobie, Perdita Stevens, Colin Stirling, Martin Wright.

Minutes and matters arising

Date and time of next meeting

to be arranged by Doodle Action: PS

Security and encryption


The university has a strategy for making more use of Office365. Its Linux support is not as strong as its Windows and Mac support so this may become a problem. As further schools move away from Staffmail to O365, we consider it likely that Staffmail will be decommissioned, though we are informed that IS have no current plans to do so. If this happens, we will need to look carefully to see whether O365 can meet our requirements, or whether we will have to return to running our own mail server. Since our earlier survey showed that users in Informatics use a wide variety of mail clients are are very heavily wedded to them - our work being far more integrated with our mail than is the case in other schools - the main question will be whether O365 has good enough imap support for the required variety of clients. AS is going to volunteer to switch as an experiment.

EPSRC data preservation rules

EPSRC has recently changed its rules on how research data must be preserved and made available. This had not yet been publicised to researchers within the School. Martin reported that Research Committee had this in hand (postscript: and mail has since gone out from portfolio managers to academics). The central support for this is not as far advanced as could be wished, but it is not sensible for us to provide facilities locally; people are currently using ad hoc schemes such as putting data on their own web pages and so we may need to react flexibly to requests to keep particular URLs alive.

Any other competent business

  1. We discussed the report from the recent TPR. This suggests that some students the panel met with are unhappy with the software provided in the labs, but unfortunately, despite our attempts to discover details, no specifics that make sense (there were early suggestions that we did not provide things that we do provide and use in compulsory courses) have been forthcoming. Nevertheless it is a problem if students feel that the software is not adequate. We should take steps to increase the probability that students understand how to find out what there is and how to request software they want. There is already a systems talk at the start of each academic year. Action: AS to check that it includes a clear invitation to request software and explanation of how to do so. Further, an effective means of communication during the year is the regular class rep meetings which Colin as Director of Teaching holds. He will ensure that a Computing Support Officer is invited to one of these meetings from time to time, perhaps once or twice a semester, to prompt discussion with the reps about any improvements that may be possible. Action: CPS to arrange, liaising with AS re whom to invite.

-- PerditaStevens - 12 Jun 2015

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