Computing Services

The department behind IT services at the University of Bath

Topic: Service Desk

Reduced IT support Friday 13 and Monday 16 January

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📥  Service Desk

As you may be aware, IT supporters are on the move. We blogged previously about how on Monday 16 January, IT Supporters are moving to the newly refurbished 6 West building.

This means that on the afternoon of Friday 13 January and on Monday 16 January there will be reduced IT support, while the IT supporters pack up, move in and get everything set up.

We aim to have everything up and running by midday on Monday but please bear with us.

You can read about some of the benefits and improvements to the service we offer you, on the blog.

Thank you for your understanding


Who are your customers and mine?


📥  Business Support Systems, Computing Services, Research, Service Desk

I often hear colleagues talking about 'our customers' and 'customer service', but who ARE our customers, yours and mine?

Thinking of the University as a whole, it might be easiest to start with the obvious ones: undergraduate and postgraduate students who want us to educate them and prepare them for their chosen destination. That's a reasonable start, but our customers include a MUCH wider range of people and organisations than just our students.

A Customer is anyone who wants or needs something from you.

That may sound like a very broad definition, but let me put that in context:

The parents and grandparents of our students want to be sure that their children are going to get an excellent education, have a good experience while at university and that their investment is good value.

Our research partners want to be sure that we are capable of carrying out excellent research and that we will deliver appropriate results within the budgets and timescales set. Employers want us to create educated, qualified, job-ready graduates who will add value to their organisations as soon as they are employed. Funding bodies want us to to be deserving of the money they give us, delivering proven results in education and research. The public expects us to use their money wisely and to push the boundaries of research for the betterment of mankind.

Those are our external customers, but we also have internal customers, all of whom expect and deserve a high level of service and support. Our managers need us to do our jobs efficiently and to quickly report problems so that they can be addressed before they escalate; colleagues need us to perform our functions well and to support them when they want something else from us.

You need me to do the best I can for you and I need you to do the same for me.

So again I ask, who are your customers?


Until next time.


The way to get IT help is changing....


📥  IT Literacy, Service Desk

On Tuesday 15 September the Computing Services help form will be replaced with improved service for requesting help, TopDesk.  You can access it here:

TopDesk will not only let you log your requests for help,  you can re-visit to see the progress of all the requests that you have made.

Using the portal:

1. Go to using the link on the homepage (as normal)

2. Click on 'Self Service Desk'

3. Click on the log in button

4. Enter your University username and password. You will find your University username on your library card.

5. Select the form relevant to you.

6. Fill out the form with a description of your problem.

7. Click the button that looks like an envelope with an arrow. This will submit your request

8. You will get an on screen confirmation that your request has been submitted to the team.

9. You will be contacted via email when your request has been looked at.

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