Introducing the new Microsoft OS

University-wide upgrade scheduled from Autumn 2024

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Upgrade for university-managed devices

Microsoft Windows 11 is the new and improved operating system that will be rolled out to university-managed laptops and desktops, including computer labs, from September 2024 onwards.

The current operating system, Windows 10, is approaching the end of its lifespan and will no longer be supported after October 2025.

Upgrading to the Windows 11 version will ensure users are supported with the latest features, security, and functionality to support collaborations, teaching and learning.

Key benefits include:

  • New interface – simple design and use
  • Improved performance - login experience, better MS Teams integration
  • Improved productivity - software request and management processes
  • Enhanced security – including encryption for both desktops & laptops, essential for protecting University sensitive data
  • Accessibility – new accessibility features

Schedule for rollout

  • Staff upgrades
    • From September/October 2024 to October 2025
  • Computer labs 
    • June 2025 to October 2025

Change Champions Network

To help support the upgrade, we are reaching out to colleagues across the organisation who can act as Change Champions in their respective Departments.

These Change Champions will act as conduits between end users and the project team to ensure 2-way communication, support, and guidance is available as colleagues transition to the new Services.

Activities will include:

  • Becoming early adopters to participate in the pilot stage, with access to the new operating system being made available this summer.
  • To champion the new Service in your area
  • Capture local information and feed into the project teams
  • Disseminate business-critical information to your colleagues
  • Assist with booking device upgrades and handovers

If interested in joining the Change Champions network, please add your details to the MS Form 

Frequently asked questions

Questions and answers to help you prepare for the upgrade.