Device Lifecycle FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions which have been gathered by the team. We will update this page as work progresses and we come across more questions.
The Device Lifecycle team works flexibly around the needs of each function and academic department. We will be liaising with each area to determine the best time to visit, depending on specific IT and business requirements. If you want to discuss device replacement in your area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Device Lifecycle provides standard model laptops, in line with the New Ways of Working policy. New desktops can be ordered by your department through the Hardware Exception process.
We do not provide separate equipment for remote working. The University is committed to providing appropriate equipment for a colleague to perform their role on campus, which as we move to more flexible spaces will involve the provision of suitable portable devices, i.e. laptops. For more information on Smart Working, see the relevant pages on the HR website.
This is a strategic decision made by the University. Replacing all staff computers with standardised, easy to support-and-use, modern, portable devices is part of New Ways of Working (NWoW), one of the pathways of the University’s Strategic Foundations Programme. Read more about the Strategic Foundations programme and the Ways or Working pathway here Strategic Pathways - University of Reading
What happens if I have a Mac desktop which is in scope for a Surface Laptop replacement, but I want a newer Mac Desktop?
This would not come under the Device Lifecycle remit. You would however be able to submit a hardware exception form. If approved, you could order a replacement Mac desktop at full cost to the school or function
All old and replaced devices need to be either disposed of by your department or returned to DTS for reuse within the university.. Devices held in cupboards are unmanaged, lead to out-of-date software and are a security risk. DTS hold loan devices if any device require return for repair. If a repair is out of warranty or uneconomic, then DTS will provide a replacement device at no charge.
We have decided to simplify the process to offer one option this time - the Surface Laptop - for all replacement PC desktops and older laptops. This was by far the most requested from the selection offered last year and is designed to meet all but the most complex and intensive computing requirements.
We have a Service Level Agreement for all work done with the Device Lifecycle team; this sets out what we will provide and what you need to provide.
New starters who join while the Lifecycle team is in your area will be provided with a new device. If a new staff member is replacing someone who was using a standard Surface laptop, DTS will reset the device for use by the new staff member.
For future new appointments, equipment can be purchased by your department in line with current guidelines. The DTS User Support team will be able to offer any setup assistance if required.
DTS strongly suggests that all staff use a UoR managed device rather than a personally-owned computer for University work. If you use a personal device please ensure you read and comply with the Bring Your Own Device Policy on the IMPS (Information Management & Policy Services) website. For staff at Henley Business School there are additional obligations for Cyber Essentials Plus certification regarding using your own devices.
As always, if you have any problems with your University IT equipment, log a ticket with the IT Service Desk:
- Online through the IT Self Service Portal
- In person, you can visit the IT Service Desk on the first floor of the main Library on a weekday (8am to 5pm) or weekend (9am to 5pm), during term time
- Email email@example.com
We will need to know your device name (or hostname) so we can get the details of your device. Our User Support team will then evaluate any slow performing or faulty devices and recommend next steps.
Page updated by lm920207 on 03/03/23