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This page gives an overview of, describing its current status, where and how it's developed and deployed, and who is responsible for maintaining it.

Service Description is the University's platform for managing, disseminating, and advertising talks organised by departments, research groups, societies, and individuals (although not lectures associated with taught courses). Features that set it apart from being a conventional University talks-listing service include:

  • The content is entirely user-generated, content-management is deliberately de-centralised
  • The content can be consumed in numerous ways beyond directly browsing the website (e.g. feeds, embedding, email reminders)
  • Talks can be aggregated into numerous Lists, and Lists themselves can be aggregated into Lists
  • The target audience includes the wider local community beyond the University
  • Public archiving: old talks are deliberately preserved as a snapshot of the University's intellectual activity

Also see:

Service Status is currently live.

The current system is reaching the end of its life, and in the medium-term, UIS is investigating how best to continue providing a largely equivalent service via a more modern and sustainable platform, before decommissioning the current system. In the meantime, the current system is not being actively developed.


Queries about the content on the site itself (i.e. queries about Talks, Lists of Talks, and anything to do with the actual events that they relate to) should usually be sent to the content owners directly, NOT to UIS in the first instance - any logged-in user can view the contact details for a Talk or List by clicking the contact person's name, as displayed on Talk and List pages (look for If you have a question about this [talk|list], please contact organiser-name on the page). Anybody with a Raven account can login to (and thus view such contact details).

In the case of content that is obviously not legitimate, please contact

Technical queries and support should be directed to and will be picked up by a member of the team working on the service. To ensure that you receive a response, always direct requests to rather than reaching out to team members directly.

With regards issues discovered in the service or new feature requests, due to the current status of the service, only the most critical issues will be acted upon. All other requests will either be parked or noted for inclusion in a future replacement system. Bearing this in mind, please send critical issues to

Environments is currently deployed to the following environments:

Name URL Supporting VMs
The UIS Servers and Storage Team (infra-sas) have details of the two DB servers backing this single hostname

Note that access to the supporting VMs is restricted to a small subset of the ACN.

Source code

Please see further information on GitLab visible to UIS Staff.

Technologies used

The following gives an overview of the technologies is built on.

Category Language Framework(s)
Server Ruby Rails
DB MySQL n/a

Also see further information on GitLab visible to UIS Staff.

Operational documentation

Please see further information on GitLab visible to UIS Staff.

Service Management and tech lead

The service owner for is TBD.

The service manager for is Adam Deacon.

The tech lead for is TBD.

The following engineers have operational experience with and are able to respond to support requests or incidents: