You can access computers in your campus library, check out the opening times to see when they're available. There are also open access computer labs all over your campus available for you to use.

Need something more flexible? Borrow a laptop from the library to use for your course.

Online Media Booking

We have a variety of Media and AV equipment, most of which may be booked and borrowed for a period of 1 to 48 hours, and use an online media booking system, Connect2.


Use this system to book equipment for collection from your Faculty’s Equipment Loans Stores, Advice Zone, or Information & Service Desk in your campus library.

  • Laptop loans — Students can borrow laptop computers from the Advice Zone or Information & Service Desk in your campus library.
  • Media equipment loans — In addition to some media equipment being available for general use, specialist equipment is available to specific courses and may require induction
  • Media & AV — portable media equipment is available for loan using the Connect2 booking system. Audio-visual presentation facilities are available in theatres and teaching rooms.

Our Media Services provides facilities and support for students, particularly those producing and editing their own audio and video programmes as part of a practical media module.

You will find high quality media facilities and services at each of the University’s sites, and video camcorders, audio recorders and related equipment may be borrowed from Media Reception, subject to written confirmation from your tutor.

Editing suites are also available, and if you want to brighten up your soundtrack you have access to our library of Music Clips and Sound Effects. Selections from this extensive professional sound library may be added to your media production, subject to compliance with license conditions.


The University provides Virtual Private Network (VPN) services to staff which enables them to connect securely to the University’s campus network.

There are currently two services available.

  • Remote Desktop Access (RDP)
  • Enhanced Campus Access (OWM)

Remote Desktop Access enables staff to remotely connect to their works desktop PC via Microsoft’s Remote Desktop, access for Apple Macs is also supported using Apple Remote Desktop. This service is available to the general staff population and can be used for connection from personal home equipment.

The OutlookWeb and drive Mapping (OWM) service is for staff who require extra access to campus network services, who are not accessing an office based pc. It’s aimed mainly at staff who work off University owned laptop equipment and allows drive mapping to internal servers, has full Outlook connectivity, allows Internet browsing and provides updates for Microsoft patches and anti-virus.

Note: The OWM service is for University owned & maintained equipment ONLY.

Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client

To set up the VPN client on your device, staff should download the new VPN Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility client via the VPN webpage

You are required to login using your UNI username and password. Please note that you are required to be registered to access the VPN service BEFORE you will be able to download the client.

Your device’s Operating System (OS) is evaluated and you will be offered to download the appropriate VPN client application.

The following OS’s are known to be supported:

Windows 7, 8, 8.1, & 10 – x86(32-bit) and x64(64-bit)

Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11

Documentation is available below, to help with the installation and use of the new client software.


To remotely access your office Windows PC from another computer (on or off campus) your PC will first need to be configured to allow the remote connections.

Initial steps for accessing your office PC.

In the first instance you should register your office PC for the Wake On Lan Service (WOL)

You will need to make a note of your computer name which can be found by double clicking on the  shortcut on your desktop. 
Alternatively you can obtain this by simply right click My Computer and selecting properties.

Using the Remote Desktop tool.

If off campus you will first need to be running the VPN client, information for which can be found on the new USW Remote Access (VPN) Service page

To launch the Remote Desktop Application:

1. Select Start, the All Programs(Windows 7) or All Apps (Windows 10) 
2. Now select Accessories or Windows accessories and double click the Remote Desktop Connection application 
3. In the Window that opens type the computer name you wish to connect to. 
4. Now select Connect.
5. You will now be taken to your office pc and asked for your user ID and Password once more.

If using an iMac or MacBook you will need to use Microsoft Remote Desktop which can be downloaded from the App Store.

1. Launch Microsoft Remote Desktop from Go > Applications.
2. Click + New.
3. Type a Connection name (i.e. Work PC).
4. Type your full computer name into PC name field then close the dialog box.
5. Right click on the PC in the list and select Start. You will be prompted for username and password.

NOTE Should you experience any issues logging in at this stage, please retry adding the prefix uni\ to your username eg uni\jrhartley instead of just jrhartley.

You can now use your office pc and all of its programs and applications remotely.

To exit the Remote Desktop connection

1. Select Start button and select Windows Security (this has the same function of pressing Alt, Ctrl and Delete if you were physically at the computer). 
2. A menu will open with such options as Lock WorkStation, Log Off and Shut Down. 
3. Select Log Off if you are going to use the PC again in the same day or Shut Down and your PC will shut down. 
Both choices will close all programs and your remote session will be terminated.