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.
Explore Research IT Services
Services to support computationally intensive research. Providing advice and access to high performance/high throughput computing clusters for all UCL researchers.
Applications supporting funding and innovation through to publication and dissemination, including the IRIS, RPS and equipment catalogue applications.
- High Performance and Throughput Computing
- Software Carpentry Workshop
- Introduction to the Unix shell
Help & Self-service resources
We hold regular drop-in sessions where you can come and meet members of the RITS team for hands-on support.
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!
Sign up to the RITS mailing list to keep up to date with events, training courses and news about our services.
- Who do I contact for support?
Where possible, please contact us using a UCL email address.
If you are not sure which of our services you need, or you have a general query related to research IT, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to help you find a solution to your problem.
You can also contact our teams directly for help and advice with these services:
- How do I get an account for one of the research computing platforms (e.g. Legion)?
We now have a single simplified application process for all of our research computing platforms. You can find more information and access the account application form on our Account Services guide on the research computing wiki.
If you are a student or postdoctoral researcher, your application must be approved by a permanent member of staff (normally your supervisor or PI). You will need to enter the username of this sponsor in the application form, and an email will be sent to this person asking them to approve the application before the account can be created.
Permanent members of staff do not need a sponsor, but will also receive an email asking them to approve the application before the account can be created.
Service news & related information
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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
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
If you carry out research at UCL, as a postgraduate student or member of staff, we'd appreciate it if you can help us to continue to improve IT support for research by completing a short, anonymous survey about the services that are currently available.
Published: Jun 22, 2017 9:42:49 AM
IRIS (UCL’s Institutional Research Information System) will be unavailable on Tuesday 27 June between 7am and 11am, while ISD colleagues carry out planned work to move the service to our new datacentres.
Published: Jun 21, 2017 12:34:21 PM