General Rules


All users of the system are expected to behave responsibly and ethically in their use of all University computing facilities and be aware of the University's Policies and Procedures for Use of Computing and Network Facilities.

The teaching facilities within the School are primarily for course work, however, reasonable recreational use is permitted. Please note that all activities and network traffic may be monitored and that inappropriate use may result in disciplinary action.


Infringement of the computing regulations may result in one or more of the following actions:

  • Temporary or permanent loss of account within the School
  • University disciplinary action
  • Dismissal from university
  • Criminal Proceedings

Computing Labs

The computing facilities are available 24 hours a day via swipe card access. Please keep the doors to the labs closed at all times and only open the emergency exits in a genuine emergency. Please note that the labs are under continuous video surveillance linked to security control.

The labs are a shared resource so please conduct loud conversations or mobile phone calls outside - in general terms, be considerate to other lab users.

Please do not switch off, tamper with, disconnect or attempt to fix any equipment. Users are not permitted to connect their own machines to the School's network but should use the wireless network that is provided by Information Services.

Locking Machines

You should not leave a machine you are logged into unattended and so you may use a locking screen saver for up to 15 minutes. If you intend to be away for more than 15 minutes, you should log out of the machine. Users who persistently lock machines for more than 15 minutes may have the ability to lock machines removed. Other action including the removal of access to all machines or temporary bars on accounts may also be used.

The Support team have the ability to unlock workstations that have been locked, however this will probably result in data being lost.