When students at Glasgow University this year had the misfortune to find that the university was now providing an online registration/ student management software called ‘MyCampus’. Quickly reports followed that the software was filled with bugs and had a poor user interface that made it very difficult for students to register. A Freedom of Information Act request made in response to the resignation of SRC President Stuart Richie has lead to new developments in the MyCampus situation. It has become apparent that Paul Cockshott, the staff representative of the Computing Science School, and the rest of the staff at the Computing Science School believe that MyCampus cannot be made ready for full and proper use by next year’s registrations ‘or ever’. Continue reading
Leaked email admits University failings while staff rage to students
An anonymous source has leaked an email sent by Secretary of Court David Newall to all staff in which Mr Newall admits that the Mycampus system and its implementation has caused major upset on campus and been a great strain on staff as they try to implement it. He also stresses however the project has kept to its timescale for implementation and its £13.2M budget.
Mr Newall admitted that the problems and the subsequent workload have been considerably more onerous than expected and that at least some of these problems could have perhaps been foreseen. One Politics Professor has told students that course secretaries have been left completely overworked and overstressed by the new system’s problems. Continue reading