Email, Calendaring & Collaboration Tools
The project, initiated in 2012, involves the implementation of an integrated system offering enhanced email capabilities, calendaring, and collaboration tools for students, staff and alumni. This will result in an improved email interface that will integrate seamlessly with the calendaring and other collaboration tools. The system will also provide staff and students with a University calendar to keep track of their University-related activities, the possibility of inviting others to events, and the sharing of calendars. The collaboration tools, such as document sharing and co-authoring, will allow staff and students to collaborate more effectively by sharing files and working on documents together, while also providing the opportunity to store documents online that can be accessed from anywhere. Instant text messaging as well as audio and video conferencing will also be available.
In 2013, G Suite for Education (formerly known as Google Apps for Education) was selected. G Suite provides web-based messaging and collaboration applications that include Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, and more. Students were granted access to G Suite at the beginning of academic year 2013/14. G Suite was then deployed gradually for staff during academic year 2013/4.
More information about the Email, Calendaring & Collaboration Tools.
New IT Services Building
The University IT Services department is one of the beneficiaries of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Cohesion Policy Programme 2007-2013. The ERDF project involved the construction and equipping of a new IT Services building. The new building has enabled the University to expand its ICT infrastructure and to deliver state-of-the-art facilities and services required by staff and students for their research and education. The building incorporates IT-enabled learning spaces for students, computer-equipped training rooms for use by all University departments, and extensive videoconferencing facilities. The project also included the installation of optical fibre cable interconnecting the University's Main Data Centre located within the new building with over forty main University buildings on campus.
More information about the new IT Services Building.
Wireless Network Access
This project, initiated in 2005, involves the gradual deployment of wireless network access across the entire campus. Many buildings and communal areas have already been equipped with wireless access points enabling University students and staff to access online information and email using their personal laptops and other mobile devices. IT Services invites departments to propose locations within their respective buildings that could be equipped with wireless access points. Requests should be made through the Head of Department here.
More information about Wireless Network Access.
The project, initiated in 2006, involves the setting up and implementation of a University-wide policy and a support framework for e-learning. The ‘Distance & E-Learning Committee' is presently chaired by Prof. Saviour Zammit and with representatives from various academic, administrative and support departments advises on all matters related to e-learning at University. IT Services maintains the University Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) platform and supports academic staff & students in using the VLE. At present IT Services is evaluating: virtual classroom meeting software, lecture capture systems, e-portfolio software and e-assessment tools.
More information about E-Learning.
Other ongoing campus-wide projects include:
- University Smart Card
- Digital Signage