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Computing and Media

The university has over 400 computers for the use of students, variously located in libraries and rooms full of open-access University PCs and Macs many of which are open in the evenings and at weekends. All students are allocated their own personal email address and file storage space.

With so many students having their own computers, we have also provided a large number of connection points so students can use their own laptops. These are located in many areas and provide access to the university's networked services, and to free and fast access to the internet.

All the university-based computers and computer points are located close to high quality, high speed printers. Each week, 3000 pages are printed by students and the university's systems process 18000 email messages.

Digital learning materials are a feature of many of the academic programmes. Other on-line services include a digital library (a web gateway to a vast array of electronic resources carefully selected to assist in course work and projects), chat rooms for social discussions as well as academic ones, and a wide range of software. Most rooms in the halls of residence also provide access points for students with their own computers.

Media Centres based on each main campus offer a wide range of video and audio recording equipment, which are available for student use, together with facilities for editing and copying of material. They also provide comprehensive facilities for presentation in lecture theatres and teaching rooms.

New Lifelong Email Service for Students Coming Soon

The university is partnering with Microsoft to bring students the benefits of their Live@edu service.

Through this service, students and alumni will have: up to 10GB of message storage (more than 60 times their current storage), Exchange 2010 services including calendar, tasks, contact details; access to a range of companion services such as SkyDrive (25GB of personal storage and collaborative storage for online document sharing); an email address within the domain that they can potentially keep for life. Information Services said they expect the new service to be available to students and alumni by September 2010.