The Department of Computing provides all the computing facilities needed by students on its undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as for academic research work.
The Department traditionally offers student computing facilities which are among the best in the UK, and academics, laboratory organisers and the Computing Support Group make sure that the most appropriate computing systems are available.
Research groups within the Department also have extensive computing resources of their own and individual access to these may also be possible when students are doing project work.
Full details of all systems and facilities can be found on the Department's Computing Support web pages, though for security reasons some of these pages are only viewable within the college.
The Department's teaching laboratories are modern and spacious, with around 200 workstations available for students to use at any one time. To ensure our facilities remain state of the art we renew over one-third of the laboratories PCs every year.
Students using these facilities can choose to use systems running Windows, Linux, or the Mac operating system. All our workstations have flat-screen TFT monitors and fast networking. Those students who prefer to use their own laptops can also have access to high-speed wireless networking with dedicated special areas set aside for such use.
We also provide high-quality academic printing (both colour and black and white) through high-capacity laser printers and our systems are installed with an extensive range of the latest software. The Department is also a member of the Microsoft Academic Alliance, allowing us to provide some Microsoft software for home use to all our students free of charge.
Other services provided by the Department to all students include file storage, email, personal web space, and high-speed Internet access. The workstations are supported by a range of the latest HP, Dell and Sun Intel/AMD servers running Ubuntu Linux, connected by fast ethernet and Extreme Networks' gigabit backbone switches. All students, like staff, have personal email accounts and the use of email and the internet in general is central to life in the department.