The DS-Exams service is provided on the Managed Cluster Service (MS Windows platform only) for students taking examinations with adjustments (i.e. those students authorised by the Board of Examinations to use a computer rather than writing their examination answers by hand).
The DS-Exams service consists of three main components:
- The use of UIS dedicated classroom facilities which provide up to 80 seats within the Titan Teaching Rooms and 25 seats in Phoenix Training Room 1 on the New Museums Site (City Centre)
- Delivery of examinations with adjustments is via an in-house developed UIS examinations application. The application incorporates MS Word, an individual Word document template for each candidate with any special requirements (fonts, visibility aids, colours), and no internet access. The DS-Exams system on the Managed Cluster Service uses locked-down user examination profiles that automatically save all document changes on a two-minute schedule to dedicated centralised examination file servers.
- An Invigilator administration portal, which uses delegated permissions for accessing various components of the DS-Exams service.
During the main examination period in 2016, from mid-May to mid-June, 874 examinations were sat by 208 students sitting 437 different examination papers using the DS-Exams service, with UIS staff providing support from Monday to Friday, on weekends and on Bank Holidays.