Frequently Asked Questions

You do not need to log in to access most information on the MPAGS website.

Some MPAGS content and functions are restricted to authenticated users. This includes full access to teaching material and module registration.

PhD students and staff from the Universities of Birmingham, Nottingham and Warwick can get MPAGS usernames for full access to MPAGS content.

To obtain an MPAGS username and password:

- Go to the MPAGS website, http://www.mpags.ac.uk.

- Click on "Create new account".

- Fill in your details. NB: Birmingham, Nottingham or Warwick email address required. (Now also: Leicester, Loughborough, NTU and Keele.)

- The account will become active once approved by the MPAGS website administrator.

Alternatively you can contact your local member of the MPAGS Steering Committee.

Yes, you can do it online by completing a module questionnaire.

- Log in with your MPAGS username/password.
- Under "Lectures" you will find the item "Module questionnaire"
- Complete a questionnaire for each module you attended

- Log in with your MPAGS username/password.
- Go to "Training modules".
- Go to "Registration".
- Click "Join" for the module you are interested in.

- Log in with your MPAGS username/password.
- Under "Lectures" you will find the item "Workshop Registration"
- Complete the form indicating all the modules you plan to attend.

- Log in with your MPAGS username/password.
- Go to "Training modules".
- Go to "My modules".
- Click on "my membership" for the module you are interested in.
- Choose "Leave this group" and confirm.

- Log in with your MPAGS username/password.
- Go to "Lectures >> Module questionnaires".

All students registered for your module belong to your module's "Group". As module convenor you are a member with "administration" privileges for this group.

To email all members in your group:

- Go to "Training modules".
- Go to "My modules" to list the modules you belong to.
- Click on the number under the column "Members". This lists all the members of the group.

To see more details about registered students (e.g. their institution):

- Click on their username

Instructions for incorporating material to your module page in the MPAGS website are the following:

- Log in with your MPAGS username and passwd.
- Go to "Training modules".
- Go to your module.
- If you have "Module convenor" privileges you will see an "Edit" option; choose it.
- You can now edit the content of this page: the main content goes in "Body". Below that you can specify the input format, either "Filtered HTML" or "Full HTML" (explained in detail there). (NB once you've chosen "Full HTML" it may be tricky to go back to "Filtered HTML" and have all the HTML tags correctly resolved.)
- It is very easy to transfer a static page you may already have: choose "Full HTML" and just cut-paste the whole HTML code
into the body of this page.
- You can also attach files. You may want to do this for lecture notes etc.
- When you are done, click on "Submit". (NB even after attaching a file, if you do not "Submit" it will not appear on the module page.)

For each module there should be a "group" of registered students. The module convenor will have "group administration" power, which allows to email all people in the group. (To register for the module you convene see FAQs.)

- Log into MPAGS

- Go to Lectures >> Module groups

- You get a list of Module groups. Click on the module code (e.g. EX0a) of your module.

- You should see a Broadcast tab. Click on it.

- You can now send an email to all the group by following the instructions.

For each module there should be a "group" of registered students. The module convenor will have "group administration" power, which allows to email all people in the group.

To register for the module and become "group administrator" (you do this only once):

- Log into MPAGS

- Go to Training modules.

- Go to Registration.

- Click Join in your module and confirm.

- Email ras@theory.bham.ac.uk, and shortly after you will be made group administrator by MPAGS, and will receive a confirmation email.

  • Log in with your MPAGS username and passwd.
  • Go to "Training modules".
  • Go to your module.
  • If you have "Module convenor" privileges you will see an "Edit" option; choose it.
  • Follow the instructions below to avoid BIG MISTAKES:
HowToRemoveAttachedFiles

1.- Check on "Timetable" on the website (http://mpags.ac.uk/mpags/?q=timetable) that the slot you want is free from other MPAGS teaching.

2.- Book your local AG room, and email the other nodes asking them to book their respective AG rooms.

3.- If not booked by default (see FAQs) you may need took book the virtual AG room (typically "Midland"). You may need to ask your technical support to do this for you. Inform the other nodes if the virtual room is not "Midland" (as they need to find you online for the session).

4.- Let MPAGS know of the change (e.g. by emailing ras@theory.bham.ac.uk), and/or if you are having trouble doing any of the above.

5.- Email students registered in your module to alert them of the change (see FAQs).

- Log in with your MPAGS username and passwd.
- Go to "Training modules".
- Go to your module.
- If you have "Module convenor" privileges you will see an "Edit" option; choose it.
- Go to the "File Attachments" section towards the bottom of the edit page.
- Select file to attach and click "Attach". Repeat for all files you wish to incorporate.
- IMPORTANT: Click on "Submit" when you are finished to confirm the changes to the Module page.

Please see FAQ Module convenors: How do I remove uploaded files from my module web page?

- The virtual AG room is where all the nodes meet online (for more info go to Access Grid info under Lectures on the menu on the left).

- By default we the virtual room Midland.

- If you need to schedule sessions outside the above dates (see FAQs on how to do this properly) you may need to consult you local technical support for booking the virtual room.

All current and previous module pages can be found in "Training modules >> Module list (all years)".

You have to be logged into MPAGS to be able to edit these pages (for example to copy material to a current module page).