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Rod Angood accepts the award (centre) with University project manager Kris Shah (2nd right) and colleagues from H20 and inuk. Click for a larger photo
Rod Angood accepts the award (centre) with University project manager Kris Shah (2nd right) and colleagues from H20 and inuk. Click for a larger photo

Press Release - 21 January 2009

University receives national award for computing services

The University of Bath’s Computing Services has been highly commended in the e-Government National Awards 2008, at an award ceremony held at the London Guildhall.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown praised the record number of nominations in this year’s awards, where Bath was one of only two universities to be shortlisted from 588 nominations.

The University was runner-up in the award category of Excellence in innovation at a local level, for its project to use Bath’s waste water pipes as a route to connect city-centre student halls of residence to the campus network.

The project was devised to provide more bandwidth to cope with students using large video files. The innovative solution was achieved with minimal disturbance to the city and also added digital free-to-view television services and internet telephony to all student residences

The awards are the UK’s highest level commendation for the best e-Government and technology-driven services which have improved citizen and business transactions with councils, central government departments and other public sector organisations.

Director of Computing Services, Rod Angood said: “I am very proud of what BUCS has achieved through this initiative with our partners H2O and inuk. Students and staff have been provided with Value Added services and we have responded to a technological challenge with a smart and innovative technological solution.

"The University has called on us to 'shout louder' about the highly commendable work that goes on here. This is one of what I sense will be many such celebrations of our innovation and success."

Tom Watson MP, Cabinet Office Minister for Transformational Government, who presented the award, said: "The Government is committed to making our public services stronger, more efficient and more accessible than ever before, and we can only achieve this by making most of the opportunities that the digital age opens up.

"While there is still plenty more that can be done, these awards show that a huge amount of fantastic, innovative work is going on across the country to ensure that the best advice, information and services are easily available in a way that fits in with busy and diverse modern lifestyles. The winners, and all the nominees, should be very proud of what they have achieved."

The e-Government National Awards 2008 were supported by the Cabinet Office, the Society of Information Technology Management which represents ICT management in the public sector, and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers.

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