Archive for September 2015

Support for Mac OS X El Capitan (OS X 10.11)

Mac OS X El Capitan (OS X 10.11) will be released by Apple on Wednesday, 30th September 2015 and IT Services will then begin testing this operating system in regard to its compatibility with the Trinity data network and IT systems.  Until this testing is complete we will not be able to provide support for Mac OS X El Capitan for use on the Trinity data network, either in offices and labs or on the student TCDconnect service.

With the above in mind we advise against upgrading to Mac OS X El Capitan until our testing is complete and any possible issues have been identified.

We’ll provide updates regarding testing and any further details regarding support provision.  If you need any further information please contact the IT Service Desk.

IT Services

IT Service Desk statistics & top-20 issues for 2014-15

From the beginning of September 2014 to the end of August 2015 the IT Service Desk handled over 41,000 queries from Trinity staff and students.  This represents a reduction of 6% in total queries from the previous academic year.  A full breakdown of the figures can be seen on our IT Service Desk Statistics page.

We have also published a top-20 issues list for staff and students for the 2014-15 academic year.

Staff & Students – all about IT Services in Trinity

As we start a new Academic Year IT Services would like to point out some items regarding the IT at Trinity that you might find useful.

From the start of this new Academic Year our department name has changed to ‘IT Services’ and our Helpdesk is now the ‘IT Service Desk’. Our website is available at and our email address for IT support is Our IT Service Desk is located in Áras an Phiarsaigh and the Getting Help section of our website has information about when we are open and how to find us.

If you are new to Trinity, or need a reminder on how to use some of the central IT services, then please visit the Getting Started section of our site. There are instructions and videos here outlining how to get started with your username and password, your Trinity email account, getting your device connected and more.

As always, it is our priority to keep you safe online. You may find it worthwhile to read through the Keeping IT Secure section of our website for practical tips on how to protect yourself from IT security threats. In particular we’d ask you to keep a close eye out for ‘phishing’ emails that ask you to ‘update,’ ‘validate,’ or ‘confirm’ your computer account information.

New for 2015/2016

From Fresher’s Week we are pleased to announce that all current students will have access to the Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus suite of software, free of charge. This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote and also OneDrive which provides students with 1 Terabyte of online file storage. For more information call into the Office 365 roadshow which will be available in the foyer of the Arts building from the 21st September until the 2nd October or visit

The Trinity ID app is another new service available to Trinity students. This app gives you a digital version of your Trinity ID card and can be used for identification with a select group of services in Trinity. The Trinity ID app is complementary to your Trinity ID card and has been developed as a collaboration between the Students Union, School of Computer Science & Statistics and IT Services.

Keeping Informed

To keep up-to-date throughout the Academic Year do visit the IT Services website often, as it will be regularly updated with IT service alerts, news and developments. You can also follow us on Twitter (@tcditservices) to stay informed.

We wish you all well for the coming Academic Year.

IT Services

Free copies of Microsoft Office 365 for Trinity students

IT Services is pleased to be able to offer all current Trinity students the Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus suite of software, free of charge.

From 21st September 2015, Office 365 ProPlus allows each Trinity student to install Microsoft Office on up to five PCs or Macs, as well as five tablets/mobile devices (including iPads) and also access Office mobile applications on iPhone and Android phones.

Applications available include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. Office 365 also includes OneDrive which provides students with 1 Terabyte of online file storage.

IT Services have collaborated with Microsoft to give you access to Office 365 using your Trinity login details so there are no additional usernames or passwords to remember.

For more information visit or call into the Office 365 roadshow which will be available in the foyer of the Arts building from the 21st of September until the 2nd of October.

IT Services

Latest news from Presidion (SPSS), MathWorks (MATLAB), Wolfram and Sterling Geo (ERDAS)

IT Services works closely with a range of software suppliers on behalf of Trinity students and staff.  Please see below links to some recent developments from Presidion (SPSS), MathWorks (MATLAB), Wolfram and Sterling Geo (ERDAS):

Erdas Imagine/Hexagon Geospatial event: HxGN Live Local UK, 20-21 October 2015

On behalf of our suppliers, Sterling Geo, please see details below of a major event taking place in the UK on 20th-21st October:

The first HxGN LIVE LOCAL UK is brought to you by Sterling Geo, Leica Geosystems and Hexagon Geospatial.

Date: 19-21 October 2015

Location: Stoke Rochford Hall, Near Grantham, NG33 5EJ

Full details are available at


Research IT walk-in workshop – Friday 4th September 11.00am-12.00pm

The IT Services Research IT group will hold an open drop-in session from 11am to 12pm in Room 2.12 Lloyd Building on Friday, 4th September.

Research IT provides Trinity researchers from all disciplines with the following services:

  • Advanced Computing
  • Data Management
  • Visualisation
  • Training
  • Software Development Facilities and Expertise

This workshop may be useful to staff and postgrads from all Faculties.

See here for more details on the workshop