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Upgraded experience coming soon – DUDE is ready to roll

(13 May 2016)

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 upgraded 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