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Everything you need to know about accessing and using central computing services whether you are on campus or working remotely.

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Remote access to Desktop @ UCL

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    Remote working

    Working off-campus? We have services that allow you to access your desktop, files and UCL software applications and systems.

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    Using IT services on your own or departmental device

    Guides for using our most popular IT services on your own or departmental (non-Desktop @ UCL) device.

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    Student laptop loan scheme

    Don’t have access to a computer? Find out about the laptop loan scheme in place to help students who do not have their own computer.

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    Staff Computers

    How to use staff computers and purchase hardware.

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    Staff laptop loans and repairs

    ISD has set up a laptop loan service to support UCL staff during the period of remote working. Repair of UCL devices can also be requested for pick up and delivery back to the user.

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    Computers on campus

    Where to find computers in computer workrooms, lecture theatres and kiosks and how to use them.

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    Virtual PCs

    Virtual Teaching and Study PCs allow staff and students to connect directly to physical PCs on campus.

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    Top queries 

    Can I save to the desktop?

    Yes your desktop files are stored on your N: Drive the full location is N:/Desktop Settings/Desktop/ where they will be backed up every night. It is also advisable to save your documents in more than one location. Other recommended places are:

    How can I scan my documents or devices for viruses?

    Desktop @ UCL uses FSecure to scan individual files, folders and drives for viruses and spyware.

    Where can I find a list of available applications on Desktop @ UCL?

    A complete list of available applications on Desktop @ UCL can be found via the links below. This will be updated as new applications or versions are made available.

    Where should I save my work?

    It is recommended that you save your work on Filestore @ UCL.

    You should save your work on the Filestore @ UCL N: drive, if it is for personal use, or the S: drive if it is to be shared with an existing department/shared group. The Filestore @ UCL drives provide the following benefits which make them more suitable storage areas then UBS memory sticks, or external hard disks:

    • The ability to recover deleted/overwritten data within 90 days.
    • Hourly and daily backups. 
    • Antivirus/malware protection. 

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