We offer an extensive range of training courses, from Software and Data Carpentry courses that teach core research IT skills, though to specialised courses on programming and applications. Below is a list of upcoming courses. You will also find some general training links and a list of past courses. 

If you have any questions please contact the training coordinator Katerina Michalickova. We also welcome suggestions regarding new training topics.

Upcoming courses

Beginner's Guide to HPC (remote classes or self-study)


The course will provide a hands-on introduction to the HPC systems at the College.  The class is intended for HPC newbies, we'll start with the very basics of cluster computing.  After the introductory part, we'll log in for guided practice.


  • HPC at Imperial
  • login
  • file transfer
  • module system for available software
  • file management on the clusters
  • queue manager
  • job parameters
  • serial job script
  • input and output files
  • hands on serial job
  • multiple serial job script
  • hands on multiple serial job

Class materials: 

Slides with links to videos.

  1. Some knowledge of the Linux command line.  You need to know the file management commands (pwd, mkdir, cd, cp, mv, rm, cat, head, tail) and the nano text editor.
  2.  Access to the Imperial HPC resource.  Staff can self-register, others have to ask their supervisor to register them online (please see the instructions).  If you have problems registering, write to the RCS support
  1. For a remote workshop, please make sure you have a computer, headphones and microphone.
  2. To access from off-campus, install and run Imperial VPN (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/admin-services/ict/self-service/connect-communicate/remote-access/virtual-private-network-vpn).
  3. Make sure that you have access to the HPC cluster (http://www.imperial.ac.uk/admin-services/ict/self-service/research-support/rcs/support/getting-started/).  Note: This has to be done at least one day before a class.
  4. Test your access at http://login.rcs.ic.ac.uk using your Imperial login and password.



Upcoming remote classes:

September 9, 2020

13:00-16:00 remote workshop Katerina Michalickova from the Graduate School
Summary of the table's content23 February 2018


September 9, 2020

RCDS classes

NEW! Research Computing and Data Science classes at the Graduate School are remote and open to all students and staff

The Research Computing and Data Science Programme at the Graduate School is taught remotely and is open for registration for students and staff.  Please visit the site for the list of classes and registration links.

The research postgraduates are advised to register via the Graduate School.

General training links

General training links


Course Link 
Software Carpentry 

The Software Carpentry Foundation is a non-profit volunteer organization whose members teach researchers basic software skills.

Upcoming workshops.

ARCHER training  

ARCHER is UK National Supercomputing Service. The ARCHER training team delivers HPC classes at various universities including Imperial and UCL.

ARCHER training page with links to past events and teaching materials.

ARCHER Virtual Tutorials and Webinars  

Several virtual tutorials and webminars offered by the ARCHER service. They take place usually at 15:00 UK time on Wednesdays.

ARCHER Virtual Tutorials and Webinars with links to past sessions.
Science and Technology Facilities Council  Latest events.
Science and Engineering South Events list.