Accounts for general computing facilities are automatically set up for all members of the University, including all employees, undergraduates, postgraduates and associates, but excluding Continuing Education students studying at a rate of less than 60 credits a year. The accounts give access to the services each individual needs which may include the following::
Undergraduates and Postgraduates normally receive details about their computing accounts from their faculty, or in some cases their department, at Registration. If this did not occur, then the details can be obtained from the IT Service Desk.
Employees and Associates should obtain the details from the IT Service Desk. Employees may also be able to obtain their details from their zonal IT team.
When you leave the University, your computing accounts will be removed. See Deregistration from computing facilities for details of the procedures used.
Members of the University are bound to adhere to the University's regulations for the use of computing facilities.
An important regulation is that you must not use an identifier allocated to someone else or allow anyone else to use your username or mail address.
In order to keep your password private, you must change the password initially allocated within 30 days of its issue.
For employees, associates and research postgraduates, the mail address for new users is set to be email@example.com. For example, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can apply to have a personal mailname, based on your initial, given name or known name followed by your surname. If you need to change it again, then you must make a request via the service desk.
Undergraduates and taught postgraduates will be given a mail -for-life email address from google. This will be in the format email@example.com. A 'nickname' should be set on registration and can be changed later.
You are able to forward mails to another account, but must fully consider and abide by the security requirements before doing so. It is unlikely that it is appropriate for employees to forward their mail.
Access to IT systems is available to guests of the University, that is someone who is visiting at the invitation of a current member of staff. Access will only be granted when accompanied by a request from a current employee who will act as a sponsor. That person will take responsibility for checking that it is appropriate for the visitor to have access, keeping the appropriate records and for ensuring that they, and the visitor, understand the rules which apply. The sponsor will, separately, make any necessary arrangements for physical access to buildings.
Visitor access is not appropriate for durations of more than a few weeks or for those working for the University. They should be made honorary members of staff
Members of staff sponsoring can:
The University is part of the Eduroam federation, which provides reciprocal access to wireless Internet for staff and students from other Eduroam institutions. Visitors from an Eduroam organisation should find that their laptops and mobile devices automatically connect to wireless at Bristol, provided that they have been correctly configured for Eduroam in advance back at the home organisation. If there are any problems, requests for technical support must be directed back to the home organisation and cannot be handled by IT support at Bristol.
The University is part of SCONUL, which provides limited reciprocal access to library facilities to staff and students from other SCONUL organisations. See SCONUL visitors to Bristol for information about access to the library; but note that SCONUL access does not include IT access To UoB computers or wifi.
The University welcomes members of the public to use our gardens, coffee shops and other public areas of the precinct. However the University does not provide wireless or other IT facilities to members of the public. We hope to be in a position to offer this at some point in future.
Continuing Education students studying at a rate of less than 60 credits a year may apply for a visitor username from the IT Service Desk in order to access PCs in public areas while they are studying.
There are special forms for those requesting registration on the University's central web server so that they can maintain information for their department (Registration of departmental website managers (Word, 29.5 KB; PDF, 14 KB)) or for the Union or a Union society (Registration of Union publishers (Word, 28 KB; PDF, 12.5 KB)). These forms are available on-line or from the IT Service Desk and must be signed either by the head of department or the Union Campaigns and Communications Officer as appropriate.
Please see the Student Systems and Information access and installation information (UoB only). This allows staff access to student information for purposes approved by their Head of Department or approved appointee.
Employees and research postgraduates requiring the use of other computing facilities should contact the IT Service Desk.