Thursday 12 March 2015
On Thursday 12 March, Queen Mary wrote to all students:
As communicated earlier this week, we now know that power outage was due to a broken power cable supplying the Queens’ Building at Mile End. Electricity is currently being provided through a single generator. To mitigate the risk of relying on a single source of energy we need to install a second generator. There is no ideal time in which to install this generator but following consultation across the university, the time that causes the least inconvenience as a whole is between 4pm and 9pm on Friday 13 March.
During this period we can expect disruption to IT services, including QMplus, Wi-Fi, MySIS and systems that require you to sign in with QMUL username and password. However in order to complete this work, we will need to switch off power to the Queens’ Building between 5pm and 7pm and during this time the building will be closed.
You will need to have saved all work by 4pm on Friday and if you have business in Queens’ Building you will need to leave by 5pm when the building will close.
As advanced notice, a permanent repair is currently being planned for the weekend of Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March when power will need to be switched off to the building for 48 hours so a new cable can be installed. This will cause major disruption to IT systems and further announcements will made next week which will include details of which services will not be available during this prolonged power outage.
We apologise for any inconvenience during these exceptional circumstances and offer our reassurance that we are doing everything in our power to minimise the impact of these essential repairs.
Queen Mary University of London