UCL Institute of Neurology


Frequently Asked Questions




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Back Up Data

Q: What’s the best way to back up my own data?

A: Depending on the data size, by copying your data to an external removable storage drive i.e. a USB external portable drive , USB flash key memory drive, the network drive known as Home drive.

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Computer Accounts

Staff and Students of Institute of Neurology are eligible for ION computer accounts. Download and complete this application form and have it authorized by the appropriate persons. The form can be found here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/services/computing/training/documents. You also get a UCL account which gives you a UCL email account, access to online journals, software via Windows Terminal Service (WTS) and wireless connection. If you need access to Institute and/or UCL computing facilities but you are not a formal member of staff you may apply for Honorary or Visitor status. More details including application forms are available at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/intranet/HR/hon-vis-app

Computer Problem

Q: My computer is slow. Is there any way to speed it up?

A: By taking one or all of the following steps:

Increasing the Computer RAM (random access memory)

Defraging the Computer, right click My Computer, click Manage --select Defragmenter --select Analyze ---Select Defrag if recommended by the computer.

Q: I cannot log on to an institute computer. What is the problem?

A: The most usual cause is typing the password incorrectly three times, which locks out the account (you have to contact us to unlock it). Have you pressed the CAPSLOCK key? Look for green light at top right of keyboard to see if it is enabled. This would mean that you are entering your password in CAPITAL LETTERS, which wont work. Check that you are logging on to the ION domain, not some other domain, and not the local computer.

Computer Reps

Q: How can I find out who my computer rep is?

A: See here for details for your relevant department: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/comprep/listreps.php


Q: I need help with my I.T equipment, who do I contact?

A: This will vary depending on the department you are associated with.

For the NMR contact:
Jon Steel
Email: jonathan.steel@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: 0845 1555000 x. 724268

For Chalfont contact:
Peter Gilford
Email: p.gilford@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: 01494 601300 x2217 (Mon)
Tel: 01494 874646 x2217 (Tue-Fri)

For Sobell contact:
Chris Seers
Email: c.seers@ucl.ac.uk
Ext: 84188

For Prion Contact:
Email: tbc
Ext: 84427

For FIL contact:
Ric Davis
Email: r.davis@ucl.ac.uk
Ext: 84379

For the DRC contact:
Stuart Luscombe
Email: s.luscombe@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: 08451 555 000 72 3875

For Hospital Staff
Email: IT.Servicedesk@uclh.nhs.uk
Ext: 0203 447 9367 

For ION staff
Email: ion-itsupport@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: 0203 448 4118
Ext: 84118

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This service allows you to access your applications, files and desktop from your own computer or device anywhere you have an internet connection



Q: What training courses and self-study are available to me?

A: Various self study courses can be found here: 


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Q: How do I apply for an email account?

A: For a UCL email account, download and complete the application form below and have it authorized by the appropriate persons. This should be then sent to Personnel in 23 QS.


Q: Can I view my email when offsite?

A: Yes. Navigate to the following: http://outlook.com/live.ucl.ac.uk

Q: Can I use my mobile phone to see my emails?

A: The following link provides further instructions: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/services/email-calendar

Q: I am leaving ION, can I keep my email account?

A: If after you have left you still have ongoing work commitments with the Institute, you may apply for Honorary or Visitor status. More details including application forms are available using the links below:

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/services/computing/training/documents and https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/intranet/HR/hon-vis-app

Q: What advice is available in terms of encryption?

A: UCL recommend BitLocker This is discussed here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/services/computers/staff/desktop/encryption

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Q: Can I forward UCL emails?

A: This is not recommended but a guide can be found here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/services/email-calendar

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Home Drive

Q: What is the home drive?

A: This is know as the N:\ Drive.  This is your personal storage space on the central windows filestore.  All students and staff receive 50GB of storage space.

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IP Addresses

Q: How can I find the Host Name and IP address of my managed machine?

A: The following will provide the information you require: http://ip-lookup.net/

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Q: Can I use my personal laptop at the institute?

A: Anyone wanting a laptop connected to the network can view the following for details:


Q: How do I access Library Services?

A: See the following for useful information: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/library/


Q: Where can I download UCL logo's?

A: The logo's can be found here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/corporate-identity/

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Q: Where can I see my payslip's online when at work?

A: See here : http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/myview_secure_live/myview_log_in.php

For offsite access, view the MyView page after connecting to desktop@UCL here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/services/computers/remote-access/desktop

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Microsoft Outlook

Q: How do I set it up my Outlook email account?

A: You can find setup guides based on your outlook version here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/staff/mail/live/config

Q: Where can i purchase a copy of Microsoft Office from UCL?

A: Office can be purchased for personal use here: https://ucl.onthehub.com/.

Technical issues should be directed to: https://ucl.onthehub.com/Webstore/Support/WebStoreHelpContents.aspx

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Q: Where can I find tips on UCL security and passwords?

A: The following provides all the relevant information: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/staff/connections/passwords/faq/acceptable_password

Q: How do I reset my password?

A: IoN domain password - On any windows computer on the domain press Ctrl, Alt, Delete simultaneously. Click on Change password. If you don’t remember the old password, please contact the Unit to have it reset.
Your UCL account password will expire every four months. Sign up to the UCL User Authentication Service at https://myaccount.ucl.ac.uk/uas-register/. This will allow you to change or recover a lost password in the future without having to go to the UCL help desk in person or via the Computing Unit.


Q: Why can't I print in the student Cluster Room?

A: Check your credit with the Computer Unit in the first instance by emailing ion-itsupport@ucl.ac.uk.

Q: What are the Print charges in the student Cluster Room?

A: 1p for black and white and 10p for colour.

Q: Where can I get advice on printers?

A: Contact the Institute’s IT support Unit to discuss your printer requirements, after which suggestions can be made. Alternatively, if you’re an experienced printer user, then it may be worthwhile viewing ISD pages here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/services/software-hardware/hardware-purchasing


Q: Who are the recommended computer suppliers?

A: The Institute follows the UCL standard in this regard, the recommend standard contracted computer hardware suppliers includes Dell, Apple, HP, XMA.

When purchasing items, ensure you select your preferred operating system at the time of purchase. However, for items which require ION domain access, ensure your operating system whether XP, VISTA or Windows 7, is not a Home edition.

Click on the following link for additional information: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/services/software-hardware/hardware-purchasing

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Q: What is my email quota?

A: The email quota limit is 50GB.

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Remote Access

Q: Can I access IoN resources when offsite?

A: Yes - more information here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/services/computing/Remote

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Q: My entire thesis is on a floppy disk or usb stick, but there seems to be a problem. What can I do?

A: Possibly your thesis is corrupt or there are bad sectors, you will need to do the following;

Click on My Computer, right click the floppy drive or usb, click Properties, click Tools, click Check Now tab, select both text boxes (Automatically fix file system errors and scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors) by clicking, and then click Start.

Service News

Q: I am having problems with UCL facilities such as moodle. When will it be back up and running?

A: Keep up to date with the latest information on IS Service News at: http://www.ucl-status.ac.uk/


Q: Can I install software on my IoN computer?

A: It’s the Institute’s computing unit policy to exercise a great deal of flexibility in managing computers on our network, this allow majority of users with administrative privileges on their ION computer, to install software applications. However, it is the user’s responsibility to ensure that such software will not compromise our network security, as disciplinary measures can be taken against a defaulting user. If in doubt on the authenticity of a software application, it is best to contact the ION IT unit before installing such software. Click following link for additional information on standard software that can be installed on your work PC: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/services/computing/software


Q: How do I deal with spam and junk emails?

A: Guidelines to avoiding SPAM can be found herehttps://www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/services/email-calendar/spam

Q: I need SSH, where I download this?

A: This can be downloaded here:


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Q: Where can I find out about the computer training courses provided by IS?

A: Search for relevant courses here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/staff/training

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UCL Password

Q: How do I change my UCL password?

A: Sign up to the UCL User Authentication Service at:
https://myaccount.ucl.ac.uk/uas-register/index.php. This will allow you to change or recover a lost password in the future without having to go to the UCL help desk in person. Your password will expire every four months and the chances are you will be away when it does, so by signing up for self-authentication you can reset your password wherever you are.
You can also reset your password at: https://myaccount.ucl.ac.uk/. Changed passwords will take up to two hours to fully activate on all UCL systems. Direct any queries / problems to the UCL IS Helpdesk on 0207 679 5000

USB Keys

Q: What is a USB memory stick/key?

A: A USB memory key is a storage device which lets you carry far more data in a device small enough to keep in a pocket or use as a key chain.
The Memory Key can also act as the boot disk for computers for diagnostics or you can have it run simple applications automatically when inserted into a running PC. It's also about the thinnest USB storage drive available, which can be important if another device is wedged into an adjacent USB port.
The USB memory key can be purchased from most computer stores in the UK.

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Vacation Facility

Q: How can I set up an automatic reply for my e-mail?

A: See here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/services/email-calendar/manage-email


See Security

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Web Site

Q: Who updates the Institute web pages?

A: Departmental pages are currently amended by nominated staff in their respective departments.

To establish the web editor for your department, see below for a current list of editors  and the sites they are responsible for (With editorial responsibility appended in brackets where different).  Email: sarah.lawson@ucl.ac.uk for further details if your respective page is not shown below.

Sarah Lawson: ION: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion

BRR: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/departments/repair Rowena Kemp (Professor Werring)

Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy (DCEE): http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion//departments/epilepsy Michelle Barbeyto (Professor Walker)

Clinical Neuroscience http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/departments/clinical  Revital Shahar Golan (Professor Schapira)

Molecular Neuroscience: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/departments/molecular June Smalley (Professor Hardy)

Neuroinflammation: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/departments/neuroinflammation Sharmeen Haque (Professor Smith)

Sobell : http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/departments/sobell Chris Seers/Debbie Hadley (Professor Greensmith)

Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience (FIL) : Marina Anderson http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/ (Professor Price)

Division of Clinical Neurology: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/divisions/clinicalneurology Jacky Bauer (Professor Reilly)

Division of Neuropathology : http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/divisions/neuropathology   Joanne Maylin (Professor Brandner)

Division of Neurophysiology : Prof Koltzenburg: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/divisions/neurophysiology

Division of Neuropsychiatry and Neuropsychology http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/divisions/neuropsychiatry (Professor Joyce)

Division of Neurosurgery http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/divisions/neurosurgery  Grace Day (Professor Brownstone)

Division of Neuroradiology and Neurophysics: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/divisions/neuroradiology (Professor Yousry)

Queen Square Library http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/library/ Sarah Lawson

Education Unit http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/education  David Blundred


Q: What wireless networks are available at the ION?

A: The most commonly used wireless network is Eduroam. General information on connecting and hot-spots are discussed in the following link: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/staff/wireless

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