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

In addition to the University-wide teaching rooms, study areas and library, we provide our own dedicated common rooms and computing labs supported by a wireless network and high bandwidth internet.

Facilities to help your study

Study areas

The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences has two common rooms available for students to use 24 hours a day (06 AA 02 and for quiet study 30 BB 04). You can also book rooms for group or individual work in SPLASH.


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

Within the Faculty we run 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.


If you have your own PC, then you can take advantage of our wireless network and free software that is available to you during your studies. This includes software available via Microsoft's MSDN and IBM's academic services.

Specialist facilities

To support our research and student projects, we have extensive specialist computing facilities, including our SRIF funded High Performance Computing cluster and Access Grid Node.

High performance computing

Our Science Research Investment Fund (SRIF) High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster 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.

Other support

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

To support collaboration we also have an Access Grid Node (AGN) in our seminar room (39 BB 02). 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.