What can you do in August to become a better researcher?

better_researcher

You can attend our series of Higher Degree Research (HDR) Workshops. They are targeted to support you through all stages of the research lifecycle.

All staff and students are welcome to attend these workshops but preference will be given to HDR candidates. Once you have registered you will receive an email confirmation, please select add to the calendar.

Week 5 (31 July – 4 August)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tue 1/8 1:00pm Endnote G10 2.04 Gold Coast
Thu 3/8 9:30am Online research survey tool N53 1.50 Nathan
Fri 4/8
1:00pm
Academic writing expectations at the HDR level S07 2.18 South Bank

 

Week 6 (7 August – 11 August)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 7/8 10:00am Endnote S02 3.13 South Bank
Wed 9/8 1:00pm Managing information resources and writing your literature review G10 2.25 Gold Coast

 

Week 7 (14 August – 18 August)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 14/8 10:00am Build and leverage your research profile N53 1.49 Nathan
Fri 18/8 10:00am Strategic publishing G10 2.04 Gold Coast

 

Week 8 (21 August – 25 August)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tue 22/8 10:00am Endnote N53 1.50 Nathan
Wed 23/8 1:00pm Developing your academic argument G10 2.25 Gold Coast

 

Week 9 (28 August – 1 September)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 28/8 1:00pm Endnote G10 2.04 Gold Coast
Thu 31/8 10:00am Managing information resources and writing your literature review
N53 1.51
Nathan

What to do when retiring your old mobile device

Have you recently upgraded your mobile phone, or are you thinking about it in the near future?

With the continual innovation of new technology, the life expectancy of your mobile device can be as short as three years before you need to update – or maybe you elect to update sooner to stay on top of the newest releases.

So what should you do with your old device? Recycle it, of course!

Griffith is committed to finding sustainable solutions for our end of life electronics as part of our E-Waste and Sustainability campaign. To facilitate this, there are E-Waste recycling stations at each campus library, as well as the EcoCentre and various student centres.

However, just as you wouldn’t leave a public computer without logging out of all your personal accounts, don’t forget to remove your personal data from your mobile device before disposing of it!

Lately, there has been an increase in the number of phones being dropped off to be recycled that still have access to the owner’s highly confidential data: private text messages, personal photos, online accounts and even banking passwords!  

To avoid the risk of having your accounts hacked or money stolen, it’s important to ensure you remove your personal data before your recycle.

Simply follow the checklist below, then get recycling!

  • Back up the device
  • Manually remove any personal information (a factory reset does not necessary delete all personal information)
  • Log out of online accounts  (iCloud, iTunes, App Store, Google Play, etc) and social media (Facebook, Instagram)
  • Manually turn off any ‘find my phone’ applications (i.e. Find my iPhone and Android Device Manager)
  • Unpair any devices such as Car Media or iWatch
  • Perform a factory reset
  • Remove your SIM card

For further information on the data management of your device before recycling visit the Recycling Devices webpage, or take a look at the tips on the Mobile Muster, Apple iOS, or Android websites.


New Interlibrary Loan Request form and website

New interlibrary loan request form and website

Did you know you can request books and articles from non-Griffith libraries?

That’s right! You can borrow items from other university libraries, council libraries, hospital libraries, government libraries, and almost any other type of library you can think of.

The process has always been pretty simple. You just have to be a Griffith staff member, or postgraduate student and submit a request using our online form.

If you’ve ever requested an Interlibrary Loan (ILL), you’ll know just how easy it is. But we have made some changes recently.

The Library has changed its ILL request form and website. This is due to improvements to underlying systems that will be taking place over the coming months.

To request an interlibrary loan, head to the new ILL website. If you have requested but not yet downloaded items from the ZPortal, please do so before 31 August 2017.

For further information, please contact library@griffith.edu.au


You need to read this if you use PeopleSoft Financials

PeopleSoft Financials

The freeze has begun!

The PeopleSoft Financials technical upgrade has commenced with ‘go-live’ scheduled for April 2018. This has a number of benefits for you, including an enhanced user experience and mobile-friendly interface.

What is ‘PeopleSoft Financials’?
You may have used the PeopleSoft Financials system to make a purchase or request payments via the Finance website or staff portal.

How will the technical upgrade affect Finance services?
During the upgrade process, Finance services will not be affected. You can continue to make purchases and access other services as you currently do via the portal and Finance website.

What can I expect to see change?
You will benefit from some new features, such as the fluid user interface (similar to what HR has implemented with the ’tiled’ look and feel). This will enable easier and more mobile-friendly use.

Who are you working with to make sure you get it right for everyone?
We are actively engaging with representatives from Finance and across other areas (including Information Services, Campus Life, Academic Administration and HR) to proactively manage risks and to ensure collaboration in decision making.

We will also be forming a User Reference Group from August 2017 to engage with clients, such as administrative staff and academics.

How will the technical upgrade affect my project?
If you have existing or future initiatives that rely on PeopleSoft Financials, please be aware there is a period where no new development can occur. This is referred to as our ‘freeze’ period.

For this project we have two freeze periods:

  • Soft freeze – 1 July 2017
    No new development Projects in version 9.1; Critical business requirements for the projects (which are already in Development/SIT/UAT) which go into production before 31 October 2017 will be accommodated in the plan
  • Hard freeze – 1 November 2017
    Complete freeze; Critical production fixes and regulatory fixes will be accommodated by exception.

Where can I find out more information? 
To find out more about the technical upgrade and engagement opportunities, contact Change & Communications Manager, Anisha Verlinden (x56744). You can also sign up to our Yammer page for regular, bite-size updates.

To discuss how the technical upgrade will affect your project, contact Venkat Ramayanam (x57804) or Kieran Dickenson (x55422).


Griffith has launched a new Cisco Networking Academy program

Have you heard the joke about the IPv6 packet that walked into a bar? Nobody talked to it.

Get it? Me neither! But our Griffith IT students get it, and now that Griffith provides a Cisco Networking Academy program, they are laughing all the way to a rewarding career in computer networking.

The Cisco Academy program is an initiative undertaken by the School of ICT, in association with Information Services (INS) and Campus Life.

It is designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge of networking technologies that are necessary for a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

The program outline includes:

  • Network Design Fundamentals
  • Networking devices and protocols
  • Local Area Network (LAN)
  • Network Security

We’ve completed two, new, built-for-purpose labs at Gold Coast and Nathan campuses to support the program.

They promote a learning environment designed to challenge problem-solving and analytical skills when applied to the fundamental concepts of networking.

Our labs provide cutting edge technology for IT students with an aptitude to design, build and maintain computer networks.

Find out more about Griffith’s Cisco Networking Academy course offerings and timetables.


What can you do in July to become a better researcher?

better_researcher

You can attend our series of Higher Degree Research (HDR) Workshops. They are targeted to support you through all stages of the research lifecycle.

All staff and students are welcome to attend these workshops but preference will be given to HDR candidates. Once you have registered you will receive an email confirmation, please select add to the calendar.

Week 1 (3 July – 7 July)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Thu 6/7 1:00pm Endnote G10 2.04 Gold Coast

 

Week 2 (10 July – 14 July)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tue 11/7 10:00am Managing your research data G10 2.09 Gold Coast
Fri 14/7 10:00am Academic writing expectations at the HDR level N53 1.51 Nathan

 

Week 3 (17 July – 21 July)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 17/7 10:00am Endnote N53 1.49 Nathan
Wed 19/7 1:00pm Academic writing expectations at the HDR level G10 2.25 Gold Coast

 

Week 4 (24 July – 28 July)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tue 25/7 9:30am Online research survey tool G10 2.04 Gold Coast
Wed 26/7 10:00am Developing your academic argument N53 1.51 Nathan
Thu 27/7 1:00pm Build and leverage your research profile G10 2.09 Gold Coast

6 ways to cut back on your iPhone data usage

Photo of iPhone

Do you love your iPhone, but hate the amount data you’re churning through? We can help! Check out our handy tips and tricks to reduce the mobile data usage on your iPhone.

Android devices have similar data saving capabilities – just check your online manual for details.

1. Disable Wi-Fi assist
Wi-Fi assist lets you stay connected to the Internet when Wi-Fi signal strength is weak by automatically switching over to mobile data.

2. Disable Background App Refresh
Background app refresh automatically updates your app content. But fear not, you can disable this function and it may even help with your battery life.

3. Disable automatic downloads
Purchased something new from iTunes on a different device? You can select to download it to your iPhone via Wi-Fi only.

4. Turn off cellular data usage for iCloud
If you use iCloud to transfer documents and data, it could be syncing using your mobile network and draining your data.

5. Avoid streaming high-quality music
Apple has created the option to stream high-quality music regardless of your being on Wi-Fi or mobile data. The higher the quality, the more data is needed to stream!

6. Disable auto play videos on apps
Some social media apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine and Twitter automatically play videos which can use a lot of data. Switch off auto-play via the app settings.

Head to the Mobile Phones Self Help page to find out how to turn off these settings, improve your mobile coverage and more!