One Year in CiCS
Learning and Teaching
Value for Money and Awards
2016 The University of Sheffield
One year in CiCS.
Annual Report 2015
CiCS provides services to support Learning and Teaching, Research, the Digital Workplace and the Global University
Here are our highlights from 2015.
To support learning and teaching in the Diamond
We designed 1000 innovative, student-led study spaces over 6 floors
We installed a TV studio, editing suites and creative media booths
We built a 64-bit Managed Desktop packed with academic software
And designed a new timetabling model to optimise use of the teaching space.
To further support learning and teaching
We ran the TELFest networking and showcasing event
And launched the TELHub online community and resource centre.
We recorded every undergraduate lecture for 2 departments
And built the infrastructure to offer recordings of every undergraduate lecture next year.
We delivered bespoke AV and technical solutions for AchieveMore
And we reduced startup times for PCs in lecture theatres.
We designed and built the award winning Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)
And we built the digital Academic Transcripts for taught postgraduates.
To provide the best possible support for research
We collaborated with the research community to define a new research IT service
And secured approval and resource to build a research IT service to support the University’s aspirations.
To meet the IT needs of the research community
We worked with Insigneo on Predictive Medicine, biomedical data management and related big data analytics
We worked with the Polaris cardiovascular imaging lab on requirements for our High Performance Computing upgrade
We built a bespoke, secure intranet for the shop-floor machines of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
We provided the complex compute platforms to help SCentRo model interactions of swarming robots
We contributed statistical expertise to Linguistics’ research into Czech verb endings
We provided computer power for Geography’s climatic modelling of Greenland’s ice sheets
And built the myResearch portal to bring research resources and tools together.
To support the digital workplace
We developed the functionality to send personalised emails to enquirers and applicants
And piloted the student eFile to start replacing paper documents.
We negotiated substantial savings on new mobile contracts for staff
And released mySAPmobile, the first staff mobile app.
We extended wireless coverage to the whole campus
And introduced the ability to print from mobile devices.
We made hospital wifi and online services available on campus
And made University wifi and online services available in hospitals.
To ensure staff were skilled in digital services we introduced Lynda.com online training
And to ensure they were safe we designed a new online information security course.
To support the Global University
We produced the videos that showcase academic excellence on iTunes U
We delivered IT services to Thessaloniki and Nanjing
And for Sheffield we designed bespoke technical solutions for the Mobile University.
And to deliver value for money
We ran five Process Improvement Unit projects that freed up £420,707 a year in staff time
And won an award from The Institute for Continuous Improvement in Public Services.
We won the Value for Money award from Audit Committee for My Sustainable Print
Which won the Green Impact Best Energy-Saving Idea award (and a tree!).
We won the Green Impact Gold award for our commitment to green working practices
And our Sport Sheffield artwork won an award for In-House Wide Format Printing.
From concept, to design, to launch, we deliver services that meet the business need
Using the best technologies available today
And preparing for the new technologies emerging tomorrow.