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COVID-19 - remote computing help for taught students

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Access to the University's computer network

When working remotely, you need a secure connection to the University's computer network, so that you can use University computing services privately from wherever you are. The University provides a VPN for this. To find out more see our Virtual Private Networks page:

Learning online, for students

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.
The main one is the remote desktop service.
If you have your own laptop or desktop, it can run a simplified version of DICE in a virtual machine (Virtual DICE). Alternatively, you can login from home to DICE with a text login (SSH). From there, you can then connect to a computer in the Informatics computing labs, and run your coursework on it.

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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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