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COVID-19 - computing help for academic and research people

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Access to University and Informatics computer networks

When working remotely, you need an encrypted connection to the University's computer network, so that you can use University computing services securely and privately from wherever you are. A VPN will do this for you, and the University and the School of Informatics each provide one:

Remote teaching and learning

See these pages:

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.

Access to DICE (the Informatics computer environment)

There are several ways to get remote access to DICE computers.
If you have your own laptop or desktop, it can run DICE in a virtual machine (Virtual DICE). You can login from home to DICE with a text login (SSH), or with a full graphical login (remote desktop service - now greatly expanded to cope with COVID-19 demand).
To connect to your own DICE computer in your office, first connect to Informatics using SSH or Remote Desktop, then use ssh to connect to your computer.

Take a computer home

It's irrelevant during lockdown, but at other times you can take a computer home if you need to - for details see:

See also

Work in progress

These pages are a work in progress - please check back for new material. If you have comments or suggestions, please get in touch.

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