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-- Main.s0458686 - 12 Nov 2007

Things To Do

  • Stuart shall find a tutor for the robotics lab.
  • Neil shall inform the cleaners that there is now a working kitchen on level 3.
  • The student management committee shall create signs for the kitchen: please wash and dry your dishes and a sign stating that this kitchen is on a trial period.
  • Neil shall look into obtaining plants.
  • Stuart shall look into obtaining art.
  • Neil shall obtain the kitchen facilities.
  • Stuart shall talk to Tim about Condor.
  • Neil shall add a door closer to the quiet lab on the 5th floor.
  • Stuart shall talk to Computer Support about the beeps: this needs to be resolved before the exam period.
  • Neil shall look into Cat5 cable for the wired connections.
  • Stuart shall reorganise the wiki page so that it's easier to find out who is on the committee.
  • Neil shall add the wiki to the Informatics website so people can access it.
  • Neil will chase up the recycling bins.


  • The average marks for assignments has been accepted by the database team; however it needs be brought to the teaching committee before it can be authorised.
  • The chasing of non-submissions has been proposed to the database people; however, they cannot work on it until the end of November.
  • The kitchen facilities have been agreed upon.

Agenda for the Next Meeting

  • Talk about Maths for Informatics.
  • Talk to Boris about the programming competition.
  • Talk about why we need Macs: what specific software? Dual boot with Linux?
  • Colour printers for third years? Ug3 need it for SDP.
  • Raise awareness about the committee. Send out an email once the site has been restructured?

Preliminary response from Computing Officers re Systems Questions

Hi Stuart,

* The provision of an (initially small) Mac lab for Informatics students. (added by Graham)

We don't have a way of managing a lab of Macs easily at present. Do we have an idea of who and how many would be using such a facility?

* The provision of additional software packages, such as Photoshop and MATLAB ( > 50 Licenses) (added by Graham).

Not sure I understand this one. In terms of Matlab there are 150 classroom licenses for teaching usage. Don't think there is much of Photoshop that the Gimp can't do (in a more difficult and annoying way of course). Is this to satisfy a specific teaching requirement for a course or project?

* Extending the use of colour printers to UG3/UG4 (with limited account use) (added by Graham)

We don't currently have a mechanism for accounting/quotaing printing usage so that is likely to be the blocking issue on this. There is a lot of plain monochrome printer wastage reported by support - printouts not collected.

* Providing use of the Condor distributed computing services to UG3/UG4 students (added by Graham)

UG4 students already can - with approval of their project supervisor. Not sure UG3 projects call for that level of resource, but if they did it would be fine (again subject to supervisor approval).

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