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I.T. Resources

"The work room is excellent. I enjoy the availability and accessibility of the Graduate Research Room, and its presence is very helpful for students."

The Graduate Research Room is a dedicated area of computers, printers and scanners and spaces for laptop working, for the exclusive use of our Graduate Students. The room is available 24 hours by card access and IT support is available from the Computer Office during office hours.

  • All computers offer Microsoft Office and the standard MCS range of software, including SPSS and R. If you need to use other software applications which you feel are essential for your work please consult the computer officers.
  • All virus and malware warnings should be taken seriously. Please do not use memory sticks or external drives or open email attachments which may contain viruses or other malware. If you do suspect an infection; don't panic, call the computer office.
  • Please report any problems with hardware or software to the computer office, by email , by phone (35315) or in person. There is a phone on the desk by the GRR door.
  • Please do not bring food or drink into the GRR. This may cause offence to your colleagues because of smells and residues. Damage to computer equipment due to spillage may also occur; it's your equipment, please look after it.

File storage

The Faculty computer officers would like to emphasise that graduate students' files are their own responsibility. 


  • Always keep more than one copy of your important files.
  • You can use USB memory sticks or external drives or cloud storage
  • You have up to 3GB file space available on DS-filestore (accessible from computers on the University's network).
  • UIS also offers three third-party cloud-based data storage services that you can associate with your @cam email address:
    • OneDrive for Business (free) 1TB
    • Google Drive (free) Unlimited
    • Dropbox Business (available at a discounted rate) Unlimited

See for details.

  • Remember if you are working with images or video files you will need a lot of storage



Information Services provide useful information about cybersecurity, and how to spot online scams, specifically those aimed at students. Its definitely worth a read!

Printing and allowances


Toner and paper supplies are available from the computer officers. Call 35315 from the phone near the GRR door.


Faculty of History M.Phil students receive a free printing allowance, equivalent to 1500 A4 sides for their course. Ph.D students get the equivalent of 4500 free A4 sides. This print credit is exclusive to History and can not be used elsewhere. The allowance doesn't expire on a termly or yearly basis, you can save it up until the end of your course if you want to.

Additional printing credit can be purchased online. Purchased credit will be added to your Common Balance and can be used in various locations throughout the University. Colour and A3 printing are more expensive, please see for details.

Remember, if you are frugal with your printing it not only saves you money, but saves energy and resources as well.

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