Projects and initiatives
These are some of the flagship projects and initiatives currently owned and managed by ICT at Imperial College London.
In collaboration with Imperial College Union and teaching and tutoring colleagues from across College, we are introducing an online tutor feedback system called Starfish, to support engagement between students and tutors and enhance academic, pastoral and research supervision. This initiative supports College's Education and Student Strategy and address National Student Survey (NSS) responses.
Starfish is already in use across Chemistry, Bioengineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering departments, with many other departments preparing to adopt the system in the coming months.
Contact: Heather Chisholm
Microsoft SharePoint Online
We are migrating ICT SharePoint sites from the existing SharePoint 2010 platform to SharePoint Online, part of the Microsoft Office 365 service. We aim to complete this work by May 2016. Using the information gained from this project, we plan to move all other standard College SharePoint sites to SharePoint Online. Find out more: SharePoint Online project
Be Secure: IT security education & behaviour change
For all of us, staying safe and secure while using digital services and systems for work, study and social activities is a growing challenge. Cybercriminals employ more and more sophisticated methods in their persistent attempts to steal information or disrupt business and malicious online attacks are increasingly frequent. For those who don't care, being caught out can lead to data theft and leaks, damaged relationships and reputations, fines and even dismissal.
To help College's staff and students to stay safe and secure, we are running a campaign to communicate the risks to digital security and precautions that can be taken to avoid them.
Student information & analytics
Analytics and project delivery experts from the Transformation Office and ICT are collaborating with stakeholders from across College, the Higher Education sector and IT industry experts to design the most effective and efficient processes relating to reporting, planning and business intelligence, including the introduction of an improved Student Information System.
Sustainability and green IT
Better sleep reduces carbon emissions
Following the roll out of the Sleep button and the introduction of auto-sleep, the amount of College computers switched off or put to sleep overnight reached an all time high of almost 90%.
Energy efficient computing
Our desktop renewal process deploys increasingly more efficient PCs across College. Total energy savings over one year amounted to nearly 175MWh as a result of PC replacement.
Green Code of Conduct for the Data Centre
A project run jointly by Estates and ICT delivered cold aisle containment, free cooling and energy efficient lighting for the Data Centre, using nearly 12% less power to support (e.g. cooling, lighting etc.) every unit of computing power in 2013. These results were achieved by signing up to and implementing the European Union Code of Conduct for Data Centres best practice guidelines. As a result, Imperial was officially recognised as a participant of the Code.
Upgraded storage equipment
A move from the DS5300 to Storwize V7000 storage reduced power consumption for disk storage by almost 40% and occupied less than 50% of the original physical space.
High density cooling
Chilled water rear cabinet doors efficiently capture heat from high density compute nodes and can be run from the return chilled water supply in a range of 17-22 degrees instead of the more typical 6-10 degree range.
Use of virtualisation continues to reduce the environmental impact and cost of computing with virtual servers representing 64% of our server estate. Total energy savings per annum have reacher 697 MWh.