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This page helps you to use School computers from home.

Before you start - data security

For essential security measures, and to learn what you must do before handling personal or sensitive data, see this page before going any further:

Learning and teaching from home

Get access to Informatics computers

The main way to use the DICE desktop environment remotely is via the ⇒ remote desktop service.

Sometimes all you need is a virtual machine on your own laptop: ⇒ Virtual DICE.

Staff (and postgraduate research students) can login remotely to their office DICE computer if they have one, as long as they first do this:

  1. Get onto the Informatics network (through the ⇒ firewall). You can do this using either ⇒ OpenVPN or ⇒ ssh.
  2. If your office computer is sleeping, you can ⇒ wake it up remotely.

To get a text login to DICE see ⇒ External login (ssh) servers.

To remotely use a Windows managed desktop computer that's in your office, see ⇒ COVID-19 computing help for admin and professional services staff.

Working from your home computer

You can read and send email from anywhere. See the ⇒ mail page for further details.

You can install some University-licensed software (including MATLAB) on your own computer at home, if you have one. To find out more see ⇒ Licensed software for personal machines.

To hold meetings, chat, videoconferencing, see ⇒ Online Meetings.

We have advice on getting ⇒ remote access to restricted web pages.

To access your files from home see ⇒ Where are my files?

If you're having trouble seeing University web pages, see ⇒ How to test your network.


If you keep University files on your computer, you should make backup copies of them.

Remote access explained

For explanations and background information read ⇒ Connecting from outside the University - an overview.

Working from home

Information Services has a helpful ⇒ Off-site working page.

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