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Software Requests for the MCS

Teaching and learning software on UIS Managed Cluster Service: call for requests for 2017-18

This notice is addressed to all those who currently use or who are planning to use UIS Training Facilities or Managed Cluster Service (MCS) classrooms including MCS computers in Departments and Colleges, to support their teaching, whether for organized courses or for other Departmental or College teaching. It is also addressed to those desiring to use applications generally on these computers. It covers applications for all three platforms (MCS Linux, MacOS and Windows).

Requests/Removals of applications: Submission date

All requests for the next academic year must reach the Desktop Services Manager at University Information Services (UIS) by Friday 10 March 2017 using the Software Request Form (2017/8). This applies to MCS Linux, Macintoshes and Windows applications. For multiple application requests, these can be sent by email to . Please note that for both MCS Linux and Windows all applications must be capable of running on 64-bit machines.

Desktop Operating Systems

It is planned that the operating systems for the three MCS platforms in 2017-2018 will be:

  • MCS Linux – Ubuntu 16
  • Macintosh – OS X 11 El Capitan
  • Windows – Windows 10

The list of software that Information Services expect to be available for the start of the Michaelmas Term will be announced by the division of the Easter Term.


The programme of installation of new software will start immediately after the end of Full Easter Term. Those teaching during the Long Vacation period should note that the installation of new versions of software during that period may have implications for them as the version available may change.

The full set of applications for 2017–18 is intended to be available from Monday 4 September, so that those whose teaching depends on these applications can check that they work correctly and update course notes. This also allows for any necessary remedial action to be taken by UIS staff before the start of the Michaelmas Term.

Licence costs

For some applications the licence cost has to be borne by the institution requiring the software. Information Services can advise on costs; please enquire by email to Note also that a request for a new version from one institution may have cost implications for other institutions that also use the software. Consequently, those requesting software are asked to consider the financial implications of their requests for their institutions and for other institutions covered by the Managed Cluster Service.