In order to minimise the risk to computing facilities during the strike action there will be a ‘change freeze’ for those computing systems managed by the School’s computing staff: the University’s Information Services are implementing a similar ‘change freeze’. This ‘change freeze’ is being extended to cover the online class exams on Thursday 5th, Friday 6th and Tuesday 10th December.
The combined ‘change freeze’ will be effective from noon on Thursday 21st November to noon on Tuesday 10th December (or the end of the industrial action).
Obviously there may be some business critical changes required – these will be referred to CEG (Computing Executive Group) for approval. Should all CEG members be on strike (or otherwise unavailable), the Director of Professional Services (Joy Candlish) will be consulted to determine the business criticality of any proposed change. She may choose to confer with others.
I hope that you understand and support my reasoning behind introducing this freeze.
Alastair Scobie (Head of Computing)