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TechLink Community Talks and Seminars

See also Technical Training for IT Support Staff


Information Services organises seminars and workshops at which attendance is limited to those registered as TechLink support contacts (except where otherwise stated here, or where prior permission has been obtained).

A brief email about new seminars will be sent via the mailing list and reminders will be sent shortly before each seminar. If you plan to attend, please follow the signing-up instructions included in the messages. TechLinks who for any reason fail to receive the notification via the list should email

Feel free to email suggestions for topics you think would be valuable to .

The current schedule is, where possible, to offer monthly seminars on the fourth Wednesday of the month. In addition, we have a stream of vendor-presented technical briefs on the second Wednesday of the month.

THE DEFAULT TIME, DAY & VENUE FOR SEMINARS is: 14:15 Wednesday in the Norwich Auditorium, Roger Needham Building, West Cambridge Site.

Techlink Industry Briefs include a lunch provided by the vendor from 13:30. Note that some caterers require a week's notice of numbers so please signing up for these as far in advance as you are able.


Forthcoming workshops and seminars 2019 

Date Topic Presenter(s)


Info & booking link


Ian Lewis

Computer Lab











Past workshops and seminars 2018

  • 14 December: Using Technology to Unlock History. Advances in 2D/3D imaging. H. Jones,  Andy Corrigan, University Library
  • 28 November: IT Forum An update on UIS projects and services, case studies from the IT Community and an intro to Amazon Web Services and Pheonix. 
  • 28 November: IT Induction: for new IT staff, IT Community Managers Ronald Haynes and Richard Hey.
  • 17 October: The year ahead: UIS update to the IT Community. Ian Leslie, UIS Director. View the recording on the SMS.  Download PDF.
  • 25 July: Managing Apple Devices in 2018: Where we're going, we don't need no Apple IDs, James Nairn, UIS, Apple support. Video presentation on the SMS.
  • 18 July: LinkedIn Learning Launch for the IT Community, Richard Hey, Head of UIS Institutional Services. Rinku Raina, Career Development Adviser, Monica Gonzalez, Training Services Manager. Video presentation on the SMS.
  • 27 June: Threat Protection & Prevention Service: using McAfee, Chris Quy, Endpoint Protection Manager.
  • 9 May: Service Status System: expansion and benefits, Jon Holgate and Nigel Thornton. Video presentation on SMS

  • 21 March: Making IT Agile: Control v Collaboration, Dr Sibel Allinson, Simon Redhead, Dr Nick Mattin - slides - (Cam only / PDF)
  • 28 February: WiFi and Beyond: Wireless Systems Update, Alexander Cox, Service Manager University Wireless Infrastructure PDF
  • 14 February 2018: Update on the implications of GDPR within UIS: Madeleine Taylor, UIS Information Compliance Officer Video presentation on SMS
  • 7 February 2018:

    PoP update, what you need to know!: Bob Franklin, UIS Networks presentation

Past workshops and seminars 2016- 2017

  • 22 November 2017: Granta Backbone Network at 25 - Fibre for the Future (David Hartley, Jon Holgate & Ian Leslie, UIS)
    Video on SMS
    Jon Holgate's slides (pptx)
  • 25 October 2017: PREVENT and what it means to you (Chris Rowell, HEFCE and Dr Kirsty Allen, UAS)
    Video on SMS
  • 18 October 2017: The Year Ahead (Prof. Ian Leslie, UIS) - Seminar slides - (Cam only / PDF)
  • 26 July 2017: TechLink Seminar: UIS storage services: Insight into how the UIS storage services for research data were implemented and introduction to institutional storage service project
    Seminar slides (Wojciech Turek - pdf, Matt Rásó-Barnett - pdf, Paul Browne - pdf), Phil Shore - pdf)
  • 28 June 2017: TechLink Seminar: Why I am an e-Estonian and you should be too (Kieren Lovell, UIS)
    Video on SMS
  • 24 May 2017: TechLink Seminar: Intrusion Detection, Intrusion Prevention and the Managed Firewall Service (Ashley Culver, UIS)
    Seminar slides (to follow)
    Video on SMS
  • 26 April 2017: TechLink Seminar: Information Security for International Researchers (Kieren Lovell, UIS)
    Seminar slides (pdf)
    Video on SMS
  • 22 March 2017: TechLink Seminar: Introducing the UIS Cybersecurity Programme (Cassie Bradley, Kieren Lovell, Jon Holgate, Bob Dowling, UIS)
    Seminar slides (pptx)
    Video on SMS
  • 22 February 2017: TechLink Seminar: The Blue Active Directory (Bob Dowling, UIS)
    Seminar slides (pptx)
    Video on SMS
  • 27 July 2016: TechLink Seminar: EES and what it means for you (Mark Ferrar, UIS)
  • 13 July 2016: TechLink Industry Brief: Agile Networking (Stephen Harrison, Huawei)
  • The IT Community Development Project (Ed Webster, UIS): 22/6/2016
    Seminar slides (pdf)
  • The Managed Web Service v.3 (Jon Warbrick and Abraham Martin, UIS): 25/5/2016
    Seminar slides (pdf)
  • The University Data Network (Bob Franklin, UIS): 27/4/2016
    Seminar slides (pdf)
  • TechLink Industry Brief: Datacentre Infrastructure (Lenovo)
  • Weathering the Data Tsunami....Tackling Unstructured Data Growth through Object Based Storage and Scale Out Technology (Sean Derrington/Shaun Steel, Exablox): 9/12/2015
  • The Year Ahead (Martin Bellamy, UIS): 25/11/2015
  • Cloudy with a chance of breaches (Jason Hart, c/o CAE): 11/11/2015
  • The Importance of a Cybersecurity Education (Eric Goldstein, US DHS, Educause 2015): 28/10/2015
  • New approaches to software distribution (Ginger Keogh, UIS) and end-of-year event: 22/7/2015
  • Jabber, a soft client for the University's phone system (Gordon Ross, UIS): 24/6/2015
  • Central management of mobile devices (Stuart Ward, Apple): 10/6/2015
  • Big Data and Security Analytics (Peter Clowes, Intel Security): 13/5/2015
  • The UIS End-Computing Strategy (Brian Simpson, UIS): 22/4/2015
    Recording on SMS
  • The Flash Revolution (Ben Driscoll, Pure Storage): 8/4/2015
  • The UIS Storage Strategy (Bob Dowling, UIS): 25/3/2015
    Recording on SMS
  • The HPCS: Who we are and where we're going (Stuart Rankin, UIS): 28/1/2015
    Recording on SMS
    Seminar slides (pdf)

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