During summer vacation 2010 more than 500 PC's were replaced across our workareas. Brand new wide screen RM All-in-One PC's were rolled out across campus to a tight schedule, fitting around both IGGY and Teach First Events. Labelling of PC's in some workareas continues.
In order to enhance the workarea service, we are piloting a new netbook loan service in conjunction with the Library.
A project entitled I-borrow had been implemented at Canterbury University whereby netbooks are loaned out free of charge to students in a controlled environment within their library building.
We will be using some software called 'deep freeze' which will be installed on the netbooks to reduce the need for constant support and re-imaging and to maintain the security of the netbooks. The initial pilot of 30 netbooks will allow access to a web browser, Microsoft Office and wireless printing.
To ensure optimum availability of work areas for students during the final term of the year, no bookings will be taken for rooms on Central Campus and Westwood. This action was agreed as part of the Service Board held in November 2009.
The original proposal to relocate the WW ITS Open Access Room to the WW Cafe will not be taken forward at this time.
A proposal is in the early stages to close the Westwood Work area, integrating the existing 24 PC's into the Westwood Cafe.