Oxford University provides computing facilities to all members. Some of these are centrally
organized by OUCS, while others are available through Colleges and Departments. If you're
new to Oxford, here are a few basic areas you might need to know about.
Welcome to IT web site
- This is the best place to learn how to get started with IT at Oxford. It gives basic
advice on all aspects of computing here at Oxford, including basic computer security,
connecting to the network and where to get help when things go wrong.
- The University's central email system is called Nexus. All new staff and students are
registered automatically (details sent via your college or department). Once you have
received your account details, you can need to activate the account and then you can
read your email on the web. The Nexus email pages guide may be helpful.
- Connecting Your Computer to the University Network.
- Many College rooms, and some University libraries, have Ethernet connection points
for linking to the Internet. The College IT officer will supply configuration details for
college room connections.
- Local Support
- Almost all Colleges and Departments have local IT support, which should be
your first point of contact.
- Help from OUCS
- OUCS runs an IT Help Centre at 13 Banbury Rd (map). It is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 20:30 except Bank holidays and
occasional shut down days. See Help Centre section for more
- Getting Software
- A wide variety of software is available through OUCS. Some is site-licensed, some is
price-discounted, and some is free. Some site-licensed software is
available only for use on departmental machines. A full list is available on the Computing Services Shop web pages (Oxon connection required).
- Services Requiring Registration
There are a number of services offered by OUCS that require new users to register
before the facility is available to them. Some of these services are also only available
to certain types of University members. Services requiring registration prior to access
Detailed information about these services can be obtained online by clicking each link
Single Sign-On accounts are provided
automatically for all new staff and students when their University Card is issued.
Details are automatically sent in the internal mail to users and accounts need to be
activated with the details provided by visiting https://webauth.ox.ac.uk/activate/
A Single Sign-On account provides access to
E-mail, the linux cluster and to
personal web space, WebLearn and library resources.
Remote Access accounts (needed for access to the wireless service or use VPN) can be obtained by online self-registration.
- Training in IT
The OUCS IT Learning Programme runs a large number of taught IT courses over each term.
These are open to all members of the University. Courses are free but there is a charge
for our course documentation.
- Finding Information
- OUCS web site contains lots of help information on many different computing topics.
The A to Z listing gives links to all our site sections. We have
also arranged our links into 'Topics' to facilitate users to find relevant sections. See
the Topics section. Additionally the site search
can also be used to find the information you need.