UCL Information Services Division


Research IT Services

The Research IT Services (RITS) department develops, delivers and operates services to assist UCL researchers in meeting their objectives at each stage of the research lifecycle. These pages are here to help UCL researchers and other users to take full advantage of our services and include comprehensive user guides, contact information for support queries, and details about forthcoming training and events.

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Explore Research IT Services

Research Computing Services

Research Computing Platform Services

Services to support computationally intensive research. Providing advice and access to high performance/high throughput computing clusters for all UCL researchers.

Research IT Applications

Research IT Applications

Applications supporting funding and innovation through to publication and dissemination, including the IRIS, RPS and equipment catalogue applications. 

Research IT Training

Popular courses:

  • High Performance and Throughput Computing
  • Software Carpentry Workshop
  • Introduction to the Unix shell

Research Software Development

Research Software Development Team

Professional research software development: programming effort, training, advice and tools to support best-practice in academic software.

Research Data Services

Research Data Services

A suite of services to facilitate better management of digital datasets by UCL researchers, their partners and collaborators.

RITS all audiences site

Visit our all audiences site to find out about our successes working with UCL researchers and external partnerships.

Help & Self-service resources

Drop-in sessions

We hold regular drop-in sessions where you can come and meet members of the RITS team for hands-on support.

Advice & Consultancy

We can provide free advice and consultancy to help you to make the best use of IT when managing or carrying out research. We'd also like your feedback on our services. We're here to help!

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Who do I contact for support?
How do I get an account for one of the research computing platforms (e.g. Legion)?

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Service news & related information

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News articles

Supporting research web applications with CloudLabs

The Research Software Development Group are working on a new project called CloudLabs, which will help UCL researchers to create custom websites and applications for research projects. The aim is to make setting up a website or spinning up virtual computing resources on the cloud as painless as possible with a fully automated service that simplifies the design, setup and maintenance of new sites.

Published: Feb 13, 2018 10:24:51 AM

Research Data Storage: bigger and better

The Research Data Storage Service has completed a major upgrade, making an additional 2.76 petabytes available for UCL’s research data. In addition, the service now provides a CIFS presentation – an oft-requested feature that gives users the ability to mount their project’s storage space as a network drive on their local machines.

Published: Dec 6, 2017 11:39:24 AM

Customised support for UCL from DMPonline

DMPOnline is a free tool which helps researchers to develop data management plans in accordance with funders' requirements by providing templates and step by step guidance. Thanks to the Research Data Management team in UCL Library Services, DMPOnline now includes customised guidance for UCL researchers with information on local infrastructure, policies and support services.

Published: Nov 2, 2017 4:10:24 PM