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Computing Facilities


IT Laboratories and Libraries

Information Services is responsible for over 20 IT laboratories (and over 1700 student PCs) throughout the University. Student PCs are also available within the Libraries on each campus. Windows 7 is installed as the operating system in Library areas and in all other student laboratories. A laboratory, if closed for security reasons, can be opened by security staff on production of a valid Student ID card. A letter from the student's lecturer requesting the use of the facilities gives added assurance that access will be granted. For further information regarding the facilities and software profiles in each lab across campuses, please select the appropriate link below:

Who Can Use the Facilities?

Only students with the correct Student ID and password can gain entry to the University's online systems.

New students will receive a Student ID and initial network password at enrolment. This information is also available from Banner - Student Information System via the Portal.

Note: Fees must be paid up-to date, otherwise you risk having access to various IT and library services disabled.

Logging into the System

Computers in the laboratories and Libraries have an initial login screen. You must enter your Student ID number and network password to proceed. At the first login, you will not be prompted to change your password (although we strongly recommend that you do so). If you forget your password, you can use the "Forgot your password?" link on the Portal login screen to change your password. Alternatively, if you are on campus, you can use the Password Kiosk to obtain a new password.

Booking IT Laboratories

Any member of staff who wishes to book a student PC laboratory should use the online Room Bookings system (click here to access). Each lab has a set of core applications installed, some have additional software listed as Faculty software. The four campus links above show software profiles in each lab.

Note: It is the responsibility of the person intending to book a student lab to check that any specific software that is required is installed.


Teaching & Learning Spaces

ICT Customer Services supports teaching and learning throughout the University by providing fixed and portable ICT facilities in teaching and learning spaces throughout the four campuses. Details of our fixed rooms can be found by selecting the link below:

The PCs in teaching rooms are connected to the student network. Staff and visitors must use their Active Directory (AD) account to avail of these systems.

Further information on our Teaching & Learning facilities and services is published on our Media Services web area.


Video-conference Suites

A studio-based video-conference is available at all four campuses. This includes plasma screens, dedicated microphones, speakers, monitors, document cameras, and networked PCs for sharing files and collaborating between sites.

The PCs in the video-conference suites are connected to the student network. Staff and visitors must use their Active Directory (AD) account to avail of these systems.

Further information on our Video-Conference Suites and services is published on our Media Services web area.

Advice on Saving Data

  • Do not save personal data permanently to the D: drive as this may be accessed by anyone who uses the same PC.
  • Save your work to SkyDrive
  • If you work on assignments between home (or work) and the University and use email to send documents to yourself, be aware of an issue which is explained at: Assignment-Tips.pdf
  • PCs in Libraries are automatically shut down when these areas close. You will be warned electronically when the system is about to shut down.