Facilities

To support our courses we have an extensive set of facilities.

Facilities to help your studies

Study areas

Our faculty has two common rooms available for students to use 24 hours a day, one of which is for quiet study.

Computer labs

The University has six open access PC labs available 24 hours a day, when not being used for classes. These run typical desktop and word processing software on Microsoft Windows to support your studies, plus dedicated software for teaching, including programming languages.

Our faculty runs four dedicated specialist labs, again available 24 hours a day, when not being used for classes. These run specific software, such as Matlab, on Linux (Fedora), but can also be used for Windows applications.

We also have specialist desktop solutions for our postgraduate research students. This includes a range of development software and research packages and dedicated printing.

Free software

You can take advantage of our wireless network and free software that is available to you during your studies.

Specialist facilities

To support our research and student projects, we have extensive specialist computing facilities. Our Science Research Investment Fund (SRIF) High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster which consists of 128 processors in HS21 high-density blade servers from IBM linked to terascale storage. The cluster is used to run high-intensity simulations for research through a condor pool.

This varies from analyses of turbo codes for steganalysis, simulations of sensory processing in the brain, through to large-scale processing of text corpora. The HPC also provides us with a foundation for our grid-based research projects. On top of the HPC, we also have 22 other high performance Linux servers.

To support collaboration we also have an Access Grid Node (AGN). This provides us with a six metre screen for simultaneous video conferencing, presentation sharing and software demonstration, with interactive whiteboard capabilities and an induction loop provided for the hard of hearing.

Undergraduate study

Postgraduate taught study

Postgraduate research