Tuesday 24 March 2015
Following the recent issues with the power supply to the Queens’ Building at the Mile End campus and the resultant impact on many of our IT services, we have been providing electricity to the Queens’ Building from two generators running in tandem. We plan to move from these temporary arrangements to a permanent power source located in the new Energy Centre over the weekend of Friday 27 to Sunday 29 March.
The actual cutover from the generators to the new power supply will take place on Sunday 29 March from 9am to 1pm, during which time there will be no power to the Queens’ Building which will consequently be closed and some IT services will be affected.
We have taken action to minimise the inconvenience to our students, with only a number of library services down on Sunday 29 March following the power outage. Those services, which include access to externally held electronic resources and catalogue searches, will be down from 9am until 10pm at the latest that day, with our express aim of bringing the library systems back up as quickly as we can. The library will remain open throughout the weekend, with PCs and print services unaffected. We are confident that QMplus, idcheck and WiFi will also be unaffected during what we recognise is a critical period for our students, whether on or off campus.
We would encourage you to check for information on the IT Services status page which will be updated regularly during the weekend. We apologise for any inconvenience the loss of certain library features during this coming Sunday may cause, but we need to take this action to effect a permanent solution to the power supply problems we have experienced over recent weeks and have taken every precaution to minimise disruption to our students.