Dear Beacon Users and Community, I am writing to update you on progress – and some problems – with Beacon. First of all, the existing system continues to perform well, and to provide u3as with a solid basis for administering membership and activities. We shall be continuing to maintain the existing system with help from […]
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Beacon users will, regrettably, be well aware of the issues we are currently experiencing with Beacon. Users are occasionally being confronted with a ‘502’ error screen. This means that the Beacon server has not properly responded to your request. We have discovered that this is being driven by an overwhelming increase in the number of […]
Photo by Anna Kaminova on Unsplash One of the interesting effects of the lockdowns has been the discovery by u3as of the benefits of online meetings, which in practice generally means Zoom. Beacon has come into its own for emailing meeting invitations to group members. Now that there is some prospect of face to […]
The Beacon Team has prepared a short video introduction to Beacon. The video gives you an overview of the benefits of using Beacon: Beacon is online and always available from any device Beacon brings security for your records Beacon reduces the workload of your committee and volunteers Beacon is simple to operate for users Beacon […]
u3a Network and Region representatives were invited to join us at this session on Beacon. In this session, we covered What does Beacon do for u3as? Beacon 2 What does Beacon do for u3a Networks? Beacon help and support The presenters were Frank Bailey, Beacon National Support Lead; Ken Wheatley, Beacon Communications sub-Team Lead; and […]
The Beacon team invite you to Beacon for Networks, an opportunity for those involved with u3a networks to learn about what Beacon can do for them and their u3as, and an opportunity to tell us what you’d like to see. You can find a full agenda and you can reserve your place at https://beacon-for-networks-feb21.eventbrite.co.uk/.
We recently published an article from the Beacon 2 Project team describing their approach to specifying Beacon 2. This article describes how design of the member records part of the system is being achieved through the medium of wireframes, non-functional mockups of the main design elements. Note that at this stage the screens shown are […]
We recently published a statement from our delivery partner, APT Solutions, about the challenges the upgrade project had faced in 2020 and what had been planned to enable us to move forward positively in 2021. This month we bring you an update on our progress against those plans. We’ll include further such updates in each […]
The Beacon Help Centre has a new section, Beacon 1 Service Notifications. Details of incidents and notices affecting Beacon 1 are being published on the Help Centre and you can choose to receive emails notifying you of new events. For more details read Beacon 1 Service Notifications on the Beacon Help Centre.