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Some of your computing accounts are provided by the School of Informatics, and some by the University's Information Services (IS).

Informatics accounts

DICE account

You will need a DICE account to use Informatics computing services. It allows you to log in to the DICE computers (that you are entitled to use) in the Informatics Forum and in the teaching labs in Appleton Tower. New staff and students get a DICE account automatically.

Informatics Visitor account

"A visitor is anyone who is working or studying on University premises but who is not registered either by HR on Main Payroll, or by Registry on the student systems". The Visitor Policy page explains how to arrange one.

Informatics Visitor account -- iFriend

This allows people outside Informatics to access some of our facilities - read iFriend to find out more.

PostgreSQL self-service account

If you are an undergraduate student, and need a postgresql database for a course you are taking, your account and database will be made available in time for your coursework, and removed when it ends. If you want to keep your account longer than this please contact us. For more details read PostgreSQL Service.

Suspension of inactive accounts

DICE accounts which are inactive will be suspended - see the inactivity suspension policy for details.

Account closure

Informatics follows the University account disable/deletion guidelines for the lifecycle of computing accounts.

University (Information Services) accounts


To access the University's central service facilities you must register with the University's authentication service known as EASE. New staff and students are normally given an EASE account automatically.

EASE Friend

Some EASE-authenticated services allow sharing with people who don't have EASE accounts. This sharing can be done with an EASE Friend account.


Microsoft's Office 365 suite combines a variety of products available to all University staff and students. There are a number of on-line courses available on Follow the link to on MyEd and search for 'Office365'.

Please note that most School of Informatics staff and postgrad email is hosted on staffmail whereas taught students have Office365 as email provider.

Wireless account

Once registered with EASE, and after having activated your Office365 account, follow the instructions to activate your University wi-fi access. This will make your wireless password the same as your Office365 one.

Any member of staff can generate a Guest Wireless Account for their short-term visitor.
For larger numbers of visitor wireless accounts, e.g. for conferences/workshops, the organiser should contact Information Services via

University VPN

The VPN Service provides a method of securing communications between your computer and the University network from home, a business trip, a conference or other non-work location using the public internet, or from the University wireless network. Registration is required.

Active Directory Account

Active Directory Accounts provide access to the University Managed Desktop machines, e.g. Open-access computers, University Lecture Theatre computers and the lectern machines in Forum G.07 and G.07A.

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