Computer info

ICT home A collection of IC documents on various IT topics which may be of use when trying to resolve specific computer-related problems.

ICT Software Shop Find a variety of software available on college licences either for free or at low cost (including Adobe products, Windows XP, Office XP/2007, End-Note, Reference Manager etc). Applicable to both PCs and Macs.

Reference managment The library's guide to reference managment

  Some useful information on using EndNote to manage your references.

LaTeX information and installation How to install LaTeX and WinEdt on a Windows PC and some useful general links


Each member of IC has an account with the print service and anything you send there can be printed anywhere in college, you just need to choose if you would like it to be black and white or colour.

Printers are located in the following RSM locations:

RSM 3.21c A4 mono
RSM 3.35 A4 mono
RSM 3.38 A4 colour
RSM 4.28 A4 mono
RSM Aston-Webb level 2 open plan A3 mono
RSM Aston-Webb level 3 open plan area A3 mono
RSM G07 A4 colour
RSM level 1 Interaction area A3 mono
RSM room 1.50 A4 colour
RSM Room 3.37 A4 colour
RSM room 4.40 A3 mono
RSM Room G36 A4 mono


For other printers around the College including A3 colour printers see here.

If the printers are out of paper, call ICT on 49 000. Please do NOT ask the receptionist in G.21.

PhD student printing credit should be topped up annually. If this does not happen automatically contact Gerard Gorman. You can also buy more printing credit and check your balance, for more information see here.

Scanner & Graphics packages - Room 2.15

Poster printing, colour printing and some binding can also be done through ESE reprographics Room 2.43/2.44. Contact Carl Jurczuk: x47464, 

Poster printing, also recommended: Chris Wesoly, A0 and A1 Poster Printing and Laminating, website here, email:, phone: 01559 362001

Both are efficient at getting the posters printed but it's best to check in advance just in case they are very busy or have a large order coming in.

Work placements and internships

Work placements and internships, particularly during the summer have been taken up by several students in the past. They offer the opportunity to gain experience in an industry you may hope to enter in the future and to broaden your horizons. They also provide an important foothold and help build a web of contacts which can prove useful for both future employment and current PhD studies. Placements are also available as a route into other sectors, such as Banking and Finance.

There are two main ways of gaining placements:

  • Many companies offer summer placements as part of their recruitment process. These are largely designed for undergraduates but there is no reason a postgraduate cannot apply. 
  • It is often worth writing directly to contacts within companies and asking if they have any projects you could tackle.

Internships and work placements known of or previously advertised (if you know of any more please let use know).

Parlimentary Office of Science and Technology fellowship

For other career related information the IC Careers Advisory Service homepage can be found here.

Work related instrument ation

  1. Multicollector Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (MC-ICP-MS) - Room 3.12 Basement of Earth Galleries, Natural History Museum, Imperial College-Natural History Museum Joint Facility (ICNHMJF) - C ontact Jamie Wilkinson or Dominik Weiss
  2. Portable Probe Permeameter (PPP) - Contact Mr Graham Nash B205 (Bessemer), Ext 47471< /li>
  3. Outcrop Gamma Logging Tool (OGLT) - Recommended hire David Skinner & Partners Tel. 01748 884781
  4. Rock crushing and cutting, thin sections, block polishing - Contact Liz Morris RSM 3.17/3.23
  5. Transmitted and reflected light microscopy, CL, and microphotography - Contact Jamie Wilkinson


Thesis guidelines and submission information can be found on the Registry Information for Research Students page. For templates fellow PhD students and colleagues are the best people to ask.

Telephones: ESE PhD students have a telephone at their desk. A PIN number is required to make external calls. The telephone number and PIN number can be obtained from John Dennis. He will issue this sheet (coming soon!), which also contains instructions on how to make a call.

Useful links

  • Impact Factors for journals 
  • ESE key electronic resources is a useful list of databases and other electronic resources from the library
  • Science Direct contains a whole host of Geoscience publications from which you can download articles and abstracts
  • Web of Science - The Science Citation Database, very useful for finding those elusive references
  • TCAEP - Constants and Equations

This is a growing database of work-related information for postgraduate students in the ESE department. As always, please contact us ( with any additions or corrections