This week we introduced Check-in, a new way of capturing student attendance data, harnessing low-energy Bluetooth technology that allows students to check in to classes using their mobile device. First-year students from the Schools of Humanities and Life Sciences, as well as any students who participate in first-year modules offered by these Schools are taking part in this first phase, with a view to rolling the service out across all schools and years of study in academic session 2020-21.
How does it work? Students simply download the SEAtS Mobile app and check in to classes on their mobile device via Bluetooth beacons installed in teaching space.
In time this will replace paper registers, making attendance capture easier for students, less burdensome for academic and professional services staff, and allow us to quickly offer support to students are not engaging with their classes. The service also allows students to be more active in their attendance monitoring because the app gives them real time data on their attendance across all centrally timetabled teaching activities.
This is a phased roll out, and only impacts first year students studying modules delivered by the schools of Humanities and Life Sciences.
Students can download the SEAtS mobile app from the app store from Monday 20 January.
For the next two weeks students in this first phase will be able to try out the online check-in process during timetabled teaching events. In this first two weeks class registers will also be taken by academics, but this will stop as of 3 February 2020 for those students involved in the pilot.
From Monday 3 February 2020 students will be asked to use the SEAtS app to ‘check-in’ to all of their timetabled teaching activities.
If a student is unable to check-in for any reason (lost phone, can’t get app to work etc) after 3 February, they should tell the tutor during the class, or go to their School Office within 7 days to ask that their attendance is recorded. The School can also register attendance on behalf of a student.
Emails for those whose attendance falls under 80% over a seven-day period will start to receive emails w/c 10 February, in line with the University’s Policy on Attendance Monitoring.
We’re looking for a Business Process Change Manager with proven experience in Student and Curriculum management to join the Student workstream of our Transformation Programme. This is an opportunity to be part of a multinational team tasked with transforming our University through new technologies, new processes and new ways of working.
The Programme is wide reaching and will have an impact across our Schools and Professional Services, covering Finance, HR and Payroll, Research, and the Student journey (note that this role is in relation to the Student workstream).
If you have a passion for driving change and love a challenge, we’d love to hear from you.
Interested? For further details of role, criteria and salary, please read the job description and/or contact Alison Slater firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any changes to user profiles and approval pools have been suspended for a period of around one month. We will contact you again when this restriction has been lifted. This is to limit changes to the system to allow the Business Transformation team to deal with early life support enquiries from around the business.
There is an exception to this. If operations in your area could be adversely affected by the restriction, such as only having one or two people in your approval pool.
Process to make a change
If you do want to request a change to a user profile or approval pool, please do this through your School Manager, Dean, Director or Assistant Director. You can also speak to your School or Directorate accountant.
The OneUniversity Finance system was successfully launched to the core Finance team on Thursday, 1 August, followed by requisitioners and approvers on Friday 2 August. Staff who carry out expense claims and funds checking were given access on Monday 2 August.
The Student team in Business Transformation is hosting a tri-university workshop from Tuesday to Thursday this week, and will welcome colleagues from the universities of Sussex and Lincoln.
Student programme manager Pat Furz is excited about the hook up. “It’s great that we’re working with other universities who are also going through a period of big change, especially around the implementation of the OneUniversity system.
“Collaboration is a great way of knowledge sharing and helping each other, and it will also give us great insight into the UK requirements for deploying the new release of the OneUniversity student system”.
The August go live of OneUniversity Finance coincides with our financial year end and we’re aware that this is a busy period for all involved. All activity relating to the management of the year end process will be carried out in the existing finance systems.
Also, there are significant changes to some year-end deadlines this year due to the cutover to OneUniversity, and additional processes in place to ensure all income and expenditure is correctly accounted for. Further guidance is available on the Finance webpage.
When OneUniversity goes live on 1 August only a draft position will be available for 2018/19 as we will continue to work on the year-end in CODA. Transactions posted after the CODA closedown on 26 July will be migrated to OneUniversity at a later date. School Managers and Directors will be notified by Finance when this work is complete.
With just six weeks until 1 August we are officially in our cutover period!
What is cutover?
This is the length of time we’ve estimated it will take to carry out all the activities needed to get the University up and running and ready for 1 August. We’ve created a day-by-day, detailed plan that covers all the technical and functional activities over the next six weeks, as well as all the communications, engagement and training that will take place.
During cutover we’ll share regular updates about the progress we’re making and outline key activities and dates people need to be aware of for things like the availability of some of our services, system closure dates and deadlines.
Our change champions are a local point of contact in the run up to go live. Each School and Directorate is covered and details of the champions in each area are available on Box. We’ll try not to overload people with too much information, so we’ll use our network of champions and our School and Directorate Managers to cascade information across the University, making sure it gets to the right people at the right time.
Our staff newsletter
We’ll publish a brief outline of key activity in each staff newsletter in the run up to 1 August.
The newly refreshed training environment now contains the latest configuration and data for users to practise with, making it as similar to the live system as possible. The business is using the TRAIN environment to carry out its end-to-end testing and you can use it too as we get ready for go live. Find out what TRAIN is, what’s in it and how to use it in the TRAIN factsheet.
I was the Project Manager for the University of Exeter’s Future Finance Transformation Project. We redeveloped the operating model for Finance and Research services implementing TechnologyOne products.
Previously, I was head of Business Information at Falmouth University for 10 years where I implemented a range of systems for finance, customer-relationship management, student timetabling, online payments and more. With an MBA and a long background in software and business implementation, I’ve also worked in support development and sales and have a lot of experience in higher education.
What brought you to UoD Business Transformation?
The successes of Exeter made me want to come here to work on the transformation programme. It’s ambitious in scope and has a team with great experience across the piece. I really believe the change we can achieve working with the teams across the University will get the best out of our processes and enable a step change in how the University uses its business systems. Having worked at Exeter with TechnologyOne, the vendor of the OneUniversity solution, I’ve also been able to bring my strong relationship with the company and its consultants forward into my new role.
I’m excited to have the chance to deliver support towards the strategic growth which drives Dundee’s objective of becoming Scotland’s best University.