AV Changes Summer 2018

The following changes will be taking place to the facilities available in centrally supported AV spaces ahead of the start of the 2018/19 academics year.

Removal of VGA connections

VGA connections will be removed from all supported spaces from the start of the 2018-19 academic year.

Providing support for VGA connections is becoming more challenging as this connection is now considered ‘past-its-sell-by-date’. To enable us to support modern devices with higher resolutions, we will only be providing a digital connection in the future.  

All rooms will maintain a HDMI cable but we are also providing additional connection functionality by way of a wireless system called ‘Solstice’.

We would strongly recommend users check their laptops for an HDMI output or update any adapters to connect via HDMI in rooms without Solstice.

Wireless Presentation

Alongside removing of VGA connection facilities we will also be providing additional connection functionality in refurbished and new spaces by way of a wireless presentation system called ‘Solstice'.

More details on using Solstice is available via this link.  

Change in aspect ratio of displays

As spaces have been refurbished in recent years we have moved away from square images (4:3 aspect ratio) to widescreen images (16:9 aspect ratio).

This is the way the industry has been going for a number of years and allows us to support higher resolution images which are available on modern PCs and mobile devices.

From the start of the 2018/19 academic year over 95% of supported spaces will be widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio).

To utilise the full image of the displays available we would strongly recommend presentations are set up or adjusted to a widescreen format. This should allow the full width of the display to be utilised and remove black bars on either side of slides.

By default Office 2013 & Office 2016 set up slides as widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio). More information on changing the size of your slides is available via this link

Please note when using the Document Camera/Visualiser - it will no longer to possible to show a full page A4 sheet of paper in portrait mode at once.

Please adjust your teaching material accordingly or move any content to be displayed up/down to show content in smaller sections.