ICT provides support for the purchase, set up, and renewal of College's computing hardware and software. ICT strongly advises all staff to purchase devices through the approved ICT channels and to get all devices set up with the standard College build, which comes with recommended features and additional security. Find out more about how to get computers, devices and software.

Under the Technology Refresh Programme (TRP), any permanent members of staff (academic, secretarial, administrative, or technical), appropriately authorised by the department or faculty, are entitled to a replacement desktop computer.  To be eligible, a member of staff must be at least 20% G code (HEFCE funded).

Machines used by Research Assistants and Postgraduate Research (PhD) students are not included in this programme and should be provisioned via research funding.

Operating systems and College build

We can offer the best level of support for our standard College installations. We perform extensive testing to ensure that our installations will work on our preferred supplier’s hardware and integrate with other IT services that we use at the College. The below tabs detail our College builds. We cannot provide any guarantees that other systems will work as seamlessly with other College IT facilities.

We support and introduce upgrades to newer operating systems and standard software after compatibility with College systems has been confirmed.

If you use ICIS in your day-to-day role, you will require Mozilla Firefox ESR to access ICIS fully.  This should be installed on your device as part of the College build. 

Operating systems and College build details

Windows 10

Windows 10 is the latest, most secure version of Windows to be released and succeeds Windows 7, which is now 9 years old and not available with new computer purchases.

Windows 10 provides seamless integration with Microsoft services like those offered through Office 365, including OneDrive for Business which offers a secure cloud-based storage solution to staff and students. Windows 10 also has better integration with other aspects of the Microsoft Office suite including Word, PowerPoint and Excel. 

Find out more about ICT's proposed roll out of Windows 10 at the College

Mac OS X

  • Core College software – Office 2011 for Mac, Symantec Anti-virus
  • Login via College credentials
  • Easy access to personal home drive mapping (for desktops and wired laptops)
  • Full network registration for access to important central systems supporting core College administration, for example, submitting expense claims via ICIS

Linux – OEL7 or Ubuntu

  • Login with College account via LDAP integration
  • Automatic home directory mounting
  • Pre-configured email software – Thunderbird

Saving power

All College machines are set up to be efficient and save power whilst not in use, with auto-sleep settings on public and staff computers. When not in use, staff computers should be put into Sleep mode, or ‘Shut Down’ overnight and during weekends and holidays to further reduce College’s carbon footprint.

Remote access

If you are connecting remotely via Remote Desktop Gateway you can turn your PC back on using the Wake My PC facility. Alternatively, staff and students can access most services from the cloud such as OneDrive for Business, or use the VPN


In some instances, staff may need to temporarily disable their computer's power-saving settings in order to run complex/specialist functions and programs over longer periods. You must specify a robust reason, such as needing a PC to run over long periods to conduct experiments, for example. Opting out will only apply to the PC you are using. To opt out of power saving, enter your details at Power Saving registration (Open in internet Explorer).

Please be aware that opting out means that up to half a tonne of additional CO2 is released into the atmosphere every year, so as soon as you're able to opt back in please do.

To opt back in, simply visit Power Saving registration (Open in Internet Explorer) again. The option to Opt back in will be available for you to select.