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BUCS has been selected an e-Government National Award finalist
BUCS has been selected an e-Government National Award finalist

Internal News - 10 November 2008

University announced as finalist in national awards ceremony

The University has been announced as a finalist in the e-Government National Awards 2008. The awards highlight the UK's most effective services which improve citizen and business transactions with councils, central government departments and other public sector organisations.

The University’s Computing Services has been shortlisted in the category: Excellence in innovation at a local level. The proposal put forward was entitled: Bath, Drains and Web 2.0.

The task was to put fibres into the sewage infrastructure of the city in the quest to provide more bandwidth for students on campus who were using computers to view large files such as videos.

The innovative solution was achieved with minimal disturbance to our heritage city as Rod Angood, Director of BUCS explains: “We completed the project in only eight months, we saved money and we even managed to add digital free-to-view television services and internet telephony to all student residences.

“We’re delighted to have been nominated, especially as we are only one of two universities in any category to get this far.”

The award winners will be announced at a ceremony on 20th January 2009 in London’s Guildhall by Tom Watson MP and Government CIO John Suffolk.

Finalists include a great diversity of excellence in e-Government and public sector services from across the UK - councils, central government, voluntary organisations and universities are all represented.

Key themes in this year's finalists list are services which help build a fairer society, and are based on sustainable or carbon-neutral green IT. There is no higher commendation for the UK's public sector information and communication technology leaders.

Tom Watson MP, Cabinet Office Minister with responsibility for transformational government explains more about the selection process: “This year's finalists have been chosen from among a record 588 nominations that were submitted by senior public sector professionals.

“The annual e-Government National Awards are the UK's highest level commendation for the best e-Government services - services which, through innovative online delivery or IT implementation, positively transform the lives of citizens, local communities, businesses and stakeholders.”