Report for November 2019

Report Date
November 2019


Report by Muriel Mewissen on behalf of David Perry and Anthony Davie (MVMRes Programme Managers), for Charles ffrench-Constant and Paul McGuire (MVMRes Programme Owners), Sheila Fraser (MVM Portfolio Manager) and Catherine Elliot (MVM Portfolio Owner)

  • Institute IT meetings / Service Review meetings.
  • College Research Support Network (RSN) meeting.
  • College Research Committee
  • Excerpts taken into CSG report


Section One: Programme Commentary, RAG and Resources Update


During November, most progress took place in MVM316: Fragile X Registry website with the project being extended with additional funding and work prioritised for the agile developments, a final version will be deliverd in December. Information Security have scheduled penetration tests for early January. The project is expected to close in January.

Delays continue to impact the closure of the remaining three ongoing projects. The timeline for  MVM302: Compute and High Performance Compute Strategy has been extended as a result and to support additional engagement with the Research IT Group. This does not pose a threat to the delivery of the programme at this stage.

The overall status of the MVMRes programme is GREEN.

Please note that the project RAG status is following the revised guidelines: A one-page summary of the IS RAG status indicators is available on this page.


Forward Look - November 2019


Section Two: Projects Not Started

No additional project has been identified to start this session.


Section Three: Projects in Progress

 MVM302: Compute and High Performance Compute Strategy - RAG Status: AMBER

Report by Anthony Davie

Achievements this period

  • Presentation on project background, progress, current status and next steps presented at CMVM Research Computing Group by PM (6th Nov '19).
  • Invite to all CMVM RCG to provide feedback within 4 weeks, then PM will collate and review required revisions
    • Sheila Fraser has set-up a CMVM RCG "team" in MS Teams, with a few channels for discussion and sharing relevant meeting content. Using this method to start a conversation to invite feedback from CMVM RCG reps, so these can be collated into one thread
    • Added task in CMVM RCG team to complete the request for feedback (completed)
  • Agreed with project governance to extend projected end date, based on sharing strategy, giving 4 weeks to invite feedback, then 3-4 weeks to collate this, fold in revisions and re-circulate to RCG and their communities.


  • Research Computing Officer/Support induction, for IS staff delayed, due to availability of colleagues. This is re-scheduled for the New Year '20.

Next Steps

  • Collate and review feedback from CMVM RCG, adapt into project deliverables and disseminate for final sign-off
  • Look to publish deliverables and create project closure report.
  • Move to close project.

MVM305: Flexible Server hosting  - RAG Status: SUSPENDED

Report by Muriel Mewissen

Achievements this period

  • None, project is currently suspended

Next Steps

  • Status to be reviewed in 2020 Q1.

MVM308: Research computing induction - RAG Status: GREEN

Report by Susan Ridder-Patrick

Achievements this period

  • Project brief concluded and approved
  • First draft of repository drafted and currently under review
  • Milestones and budget revised


  • None

Next Steps

  • Initial discussions on using Learn
  • Further feedback and revision of repository
  • Define roles for governance of repository maintenance

MVM311: CMVM Data Storage Strategy - RAG Status: GREEN

Report by Muriel Mewissen

Achievements this period

  • None


  • Programme Manager and Sponsor lack availability to complete closure

Next Steps

  • Write closure report
  • Close Project

MVM314: SEBI - Data Collection and Modelling - RAG Status: AMBER

Report by Colin Watt

Achievements this period

  • No progess due to resource conflicts (PM availability, DevTech / Production). PM to try to dedicate time to ensure outstanding tasks (support OLA and decommissioning of legacy server) are completed.


  • No major issues.
  • Completion of support arrangements and closure delayed due to availability (PM / Production Management for OLA) and DevTech (for TAD updates and handover, impacted by UCU Industrial action)

Next Steps

  • Agree support arrangements for MSSQLServer (OLA).
  • Decommissioning of on-premise Tableau server.
  • Close Project.

MVM316: Fragile X Registry website - RAG Status: GREEN

Report by Kevin Hone

Achievements this Period

  • Design and development effort is progressing close to plan. Focus is mainly on allowing for creation of multiple surveys and clearing the backlog of Jira issues.
  • Regular review meetings have been held with good continued attendance. 
  • An Equality Impact Assessment form has been populated.


  • The 3rd party undertaking of penetration testing could not be organised this side of Christmas to align with expected build complete.

Next Steps

  • Conclude user interface design and software development.
  • Arrange for independent Equality Impact Assessment testing.
  • Arrange for independent penetration testing.
  • Raise change record to move milestone dates from the end of December to the end of January, 2020.
  • Oversee project preparations for implementation and actual deployment.


Section Four: Closed or Withdrawn Projects

No project has been completed this session yet.


Section Five: Programme Meeting Minutes

Date Comments
20 November 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - November 2019
4 November 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - October 2019
20 September 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - September 2019
24 August 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - July & August 2019
24 June 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - June 2019
23 May 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - May 2019
1 May 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - April 2019
27 March 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - March 2019
28 February 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - February 2019
29 January 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - January 2019
Programme Status
RAG Status
Has formal escalation taken place?

Programme Info


Not available.