Admissions system on alert for Y2K bug

September 25, 1998

Personal computers and internal systems at the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service are to be checked for risks from the millennium bug (Y2K).

Technicians have cleared the extensive network of databases which drives the admissions process as year 2000 compatible. But systems in administrative offices still need approval.

The service will appoint a "year 2000 officer" to identify areas where UCAS is at risk, test and implement solutions.

A UCAS spokesman said: "We don't anticipate there will be any problems but we thought it sensible to appoint someone on a temporary contract."

He said UCAS constantly checked online links in its main admissions computer system and monitoring potential year 2000 problems was a part of that.

"Our main applications computer is absolutely fine," he said. "Part of the checking process has included checking every online link with every university and college, although what we cannot check is whether every single university and college has all their computers approved and under control."

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