Archive for February 2015

Opening hours for the GMB computer room have changed

Hours for the GMB computer room have changed.  Please be advised of the new schedule listed below:

February 2015
Monday-Thursday: 5.30-9pm
Sunday: 1.30pm-8.30pm
(exception: Wednesday, 25/02/2015: 9am-12pm & 5.30-9.30pm)

March 2015
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 5.30-9pm
Wednesdays: 9am-12pm & 5.30-9.30pm
Sunday: 1.30pm-8.30pm
(exception: CLOSED from Thursday, 12/03/2015 until Wednesday, 18/03/2015)

April 2015
Monday-Thursday: 5.30-9pm
Sunday: 1.30pm-8.30pm
(exception: CLOSED from Sunday, 05/04/2015 until Monday, 06/04/2015)


MathWorks Products and upcoming changes for platform support

R2015b will be the last release of the 32-bit version of MATLAB for Windows. MathWorks releases subsequent to R2015b will not be available for the 32-bit Windows operating system. To use releases after R2015b, impacted users are advised to migrate to 64-bit Windows at this time. They can continue to use releases up through R2015b. MathWorks technical support engineers will continue to provide support for those releases on 32-bit Windows.

See the platform road map for the latest information on planned platform changes to MathWorks products.

The Student Information System (SITS) upgrade went well

The annual live SITS upgrade took place over a period of two days on the 15th & 17th December 2014.  Extensive testing was undertaken and a triple upgrade installed on the system.

The upgrade went really well and now staff and students are using the latest version, 8.1.7.

E-Governement awards for the Digital Repository of Ireland

IS Services wish to congratulate the Digital Repository of Ireland on their three E-Government awards for:

  • Open Source
  • Representing Ireland Overseas
  • Overall Winner

Winnters were annouched by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, at an event in Dublin Castle on Thursday, 29th January 2015.

The technical delivery of Digital Repository of Ireland is managed by the High Performance Research Computing team in IS Services.

Microsoft StudySmart workshops – March 5th, 12th, 19th 2015

IS Services provides training throughout the year for staff and students in the main Microsoft Office applications.  For those who cannot make one of our tailored 3-hour training courses, it may be useful to attend one of the short StudySmart sessions which have been organised for March 2015.  These sessions should help you improve your academic writing, presentation and Excel skills.

The sessions are free and last 50 minutes, held over lunchtime and delivered by StudySmart Reps – trainers who will look at getting the most out of these Microsoft products, with an introduction on further supports and resources on these topics from IS Services.

See below for full details of the topics, times and locations of these sessions and how to register your interest.


Study Smart
3 short, free tutorial on how best to use Office for college
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Date: Tuesday November 25th, 12pm - 2pm
Venue: AM214 Siobhan McKenna theatre
1pm - Take our Word: Everything you need to create the ultimate assignment & thesis document
Date: Tuesday November 25th, 12pm - 2pm
Venue: AM214 Siobhan McKenna theatre
2pm - Pimp my Slides: The ultimate presentation masterclass in 50 minutes
Date: Tuesday November 25th, 12pm - 2pm
Venue: AM214 Siobhan McKenna theatre
3pm - Spreadcheating: The stuff you need to know about Excel, all in one class

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A Group Study Room for Students in 200 Pearse Street

A fully accessible Group Study Room in 200 Pearse Street is now open and available for booking online by students.

Equipped with Wi-Fi access and a large monitor for presentations and project work, this room is ideal for holding group discussions and preparing for presentations.  In addition, the room can hold up to 12 people comfortably. The room is open late until 9:00pm most nights of the week and can be booked in two-hour time slots.

Students can book the room through an online booking system using their student numberand can access the room with their College ID card.  For terms and conditions, please visit our Group Study Room service page.

Top ten Helpdesk issues & stats

In January 2015, the IS Services Helpdesk received 3,995 queries via phone, email, walk in and web. You can see more details at

The top-ten issues reported by students and staff to the Helpdesk in January can be seen at

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