Students Staff

November 28, 2016

Introducing Box of Broadcasts (BoB), an on demand TV and radio service for students and staff

Filed under: Film and media, News — Dan Jolly @ 11:17 am

BoB is available free of charge for all current University of Essex staff and students. Use of BoB constitutes agreement with the BoB Terms and Conditions. BoB is only available in the UK.

 About Box of Broadcasts

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is an on demand TV and radio service for education. With BoB you can:

  • access millions of recorded broadcasts dating back to the 1990s
  • record programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels
  • create clips, playlists and citations
  • embed content in VLEs and share on social media
  • search programme transcripts and subtitles

BoB operates under the ERA licence and is produced by Learning on Screen: the British Universities and Colleges Film and Video Council.

Using BoB

Sign in to BoB

  1. Go to https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand and click SIGN IN
  2. For ‘Where are you from?’ enter University of Essex
  3. Select University of Essex from the list, and then click GO
  4. Sign in with your Essex ID and password. You will be redirected back to BoB if successful.

Help and support

If you need help using BoB see:

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November 25, 2016

Keep safe in the cyber world – follow our top tips

Filed under: News, Security — Dan Jolly @ 1:00 pm

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  1. Take two guesses. It doesn’t take much effort to guess some of the world’s most used passwords – they are password1 and 123456. Your passwords keep others out of your information – make sure you pick ones that are hard to crack. Get more tips on password at the IT Services web pages.
  1. Think again. Thought of a great password? Now think of another one… It’s safest to use different passwords for different activities and websites and don’t use your Essex ID to sign up to social media sites. Get more tips on password at IT Services web pages.
  1. Don’t dream the impossible dream. One day you may win the lottery…if you buy a ticket. Emails telling you that you’ve won a lottery you didn’t enter, offering lots of cash in return for a small deposit or making offers that are too good to be true are scams – just delete them. Get more advice on the IT Services web pages.
  1. Keep a secret. Your bank will never ask you to input your full username, passwords or memorable information online. Find out how to Get safe Online . We will sometimes ask you for your username and password, but we will normally ask you to share it through a webpage that has the address https://<something>.essex.ac.uk. If in doubt please contact the IT Helpdesk.
  1. Call the shots.  Check out the privacy and security settings for the social media you use – choose who you share with. Learn more.
  1. Plan for your future. That hilarious photo of you and your mates on a great night out is still going to be on social media when you’re looking for a job, and prospective employers may not see the joke. Learn more.
  1. Never walk alone. Your phone, tablet and other gadgets on the go need virus protection and up to date software to keep hackers out, and a passcode so that if your gadget goes missing your information stays safe. See our guidance on using mobile devices.
  1. Let us guide you. Read our Guidelines for the Use of IT Facilities. They’ll help you keep safe when you use IT.
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November 22, 2016

Network issues 2.40pm

Filed under: Network, [Resolved], [Service Alert] — Network Manager @ 3:53 pm

We have had another incidence of the network issue that affected us this morning.  We have reverted the firmware in the root cause device to an earlier version as this has been running for a long time without issues.

As always some PCs may require a reboot to resolve any residual issues.

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Christmas 2016 opening hours for IT labs and spaces

Filed under: Computers, News, PC Labs — Dan Jolly @ 12:47 pm

Colchester Campus

From 12pm on Friday 23 December 2016 until 8am on Tuesday 3 January 2017:

  • the Silberrad Learning Hub and IT labs A, C, D, E, G and I will be open 24hrs.
  • The Orangery will be opened ‘on request’ via the Information Desk between the hours of 9am to 10pm each day.
  • The Library PG reading room will be open 24 hours throughout.
  • The Limehouse and all other IT Services labs will be closed.

This is with the exception of the period 7pm 31st December 2015 until 7am 1st January 2016 when all IT Services labs, Learning Hub, the Orangery and the Limehouse will be closed.

Southend Campus

Access to the Learning Hub during the following two periods will be via the North access (SMACS) door:

  • 1pm on Saturday 24 December 2016 re-opening on Wednesday 28 December 2016
  • 5pm on Saturday 31 December 2016 re-opening on Tuesday 3 January 2017

IT Lab 1, IT Lab 2, Student Common Room, E15 Mac Lab, and the rest of the Gateway Building will be closed to students and staff during the following two periods:

  • 5pm on Saturday 24 December 2016 re-opening on Wednesday 28 December 2016
  • 5pm on Saturday 31 December 2016 re-opening on Monday 2 January 2017

Clifftown IT Lab, and the rest of Clifftown Studios will be closed to students and staff during the following period:

  • 10pm on Friday 22 December 2016 re-opening on Tuesday 3 January 2017
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[Resolved] RE: Problem with the network

Filed under: Network, [Resolved], [Service Alert] — Dan Jolly @ 12:10 pm

The earlier network problem has now been resolved. As always, you may need to reboot your computer to resolve any residual problems.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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