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All new desktop experience - going live

An all new desktop experience for IT users is rolling out from next week. Student and teaching computers across the University will be upgraded to the Durham University Desktop Environment (DUDE) from 18 July, completing by the end of September.

The new environment will see users benefiting from a modernised experience including Windows 10 and Office 2016. Find out when it’s coming to a computer near you in our rollout schedule here.

When you use a University managed computer, the way it looks, feels and works is all part of your desktop environment. While the biggest difference users will notice is that it's based on Windows 10, DUDE also introduces the concept of streaming applications, meaning students and teaching staff will no longer need to go to a particular building to use specific academic applications. Applications that have been requested by departments to be included in the environment will be available from any DUDE computer, anywhere in the University.

Delivered as part of the New World Programme, the University’s ambitious five-year IT improvement programme, DUDE also paves the way for flexible remote access. In a future development planned for early next year, users will be able to access the applications and tools they need no matter where they’re located, inside or outside of the University (subject to any licensing or security constraints).

Find out more about the New World Programme and DUDE on our webpages and look out for more updates by following us on twitter @durhamuni_cis 

(15 Jul 2016)

Upgraded experience coming soon – DUDE is ready to roll

As part of an ambitious programme to upgrade, protect and improve Durham University’s IT services, we’re delivering a much improved service to student and teaching computers this summer.

When you use a University managed computer such as those in libraries and computer classrooms or those used by staff, the way it looks, feels and works is all part of a managed desktop environment. The desktop service students currently use, NPCS, is soon to be replaced by a modernised and much improved service – the Durham University Desktop Environment (DUDE).

Users will benefit from improved performance, the latest operating system (Windows 10) and Office 2016 software, shorter login times and a consistent experience regardless of which computer they’re using. The new service will be introduced over the summer, in time for the start of the new academic year. A rollout to staff computers will follow, running through to 2017.

With one streamlined desktop service, users will have a consistent experience regardless of which computer they use. DUDE will also allow users to access the applications they need no matter where they are in the University, and at a later date when we launch flexible access, even from outside of the University.

Students have given overwhelmingly positive feedback so far, with 2,750 students trialling the service in a pilot at the end of last year. DUDE is already installed on pilot machines around the University, so if you’re not familiar with Windows 10 and Office 2016, find a DUDE computer here and give it a go.

Find out more about the features and benefits of DUDE and see what it looks like on our dedicated web pages at 

(13 May 2016)