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Working on and off campus

Accessing your files and services from anywhere.

How to access services off campus

You can access almost everything you have on a University PC on an alternative computer off campus.

How to access:

Files and University services

Available web applications
ApplicationWeb addressNotes
Portal Access to services e.g. email
Password management About
Email About
Message) About


online learning environment About
library About
Workspace Collaborative platform
eStaff Profile About
ePARs Electronic Personal and Academic records

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WakeMyPC and Remote Desktop

How do I remote into my PC or laptop?

By using the WakeMyPC website, staff and postgraduate research students can turn on their computers with the click of a button, allowing them to use remote services wherever and whenever they want.

How to wake your PC:

  1. Visit WakeMyPC
  2. Enter your username
  3. Click 'Wake' next to the computer you want to access
  4. After waking your PC:
    1. Windows - Start Remote Desktop Connection
    2. Android, Apple iOS and OS X - Download the Microsoft Remote Desktop app

How do I set up Remote Desktop?

To set up Remote Desktop, follow the user guides for your operating system:


Hibernating PCs with PowerMAN

To help reduce the financial and environmental cost of wasted energy, the PowerMAN service will hibernate University PCs after it a set period of inactivity, with staff PCs hibernating at 8pm.



Information Services understand that some PCs will need to be kept on overnight and over the weekend for processing.

To suggest an application that should be added to the list of excluded applications, contact the IT Service Desk.

Excluded applications

If your PC has one of the following applications running PowerMAN will not hibernate your machine:

  • Abaqus
  • Agresso
  • Altair Hypermesh
  • Autodesk Inventor
  • Brain Vision Analyzer
  • CFD
  • CFX
  • Cygwin
  • Digiflow
  • Fluent
  • Fortran
  • Fortran90
  • Gauss
  • Istra4D
  • Labview
  • Maple
  • Mastercam
  • Mathematica (CLI/Worker mode)
  • Mathematica (GUI mode)
  • MatLab
  • Microsoft Access
  • MLA
  • MultiSim
  • PFC
  • Powermill
  • Pro Engineer
  • Putty
  • Python scripts
  • R
  • Remote Desktop
  • VB6-&
  • VMware
  • WinBUGS 14
  • Wordsmith
Essential or experimental equipment

If you have essential or experimental equipment that must be left switched on at all times, or needs to stay on for operational reasons, please contact your local Campus IT support team.

An opt out facility is available in these circumstances.


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Virtual Private Network (VPN)

VPN is a service which allows users who are connected to the internet to access University-restricted web resources and other services off campus.

Setting up Cisco AnyConnect

To get connected to the University VPN, you will need to install and set up Cisco AnyConnect.


Windows/Apple OS X

Installing Cisco AnyConnect for Windows/OS X
  1. Open
  2. Log in with your University username (e.g. abyab) and password
  3. Click Continue to accept that only authorised access is permitted
  4. Follow the on screen instructions. If you do not have Java installed, you can download and install Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client software at the end.
Configuring Cisco AnyConnect
  1. Start the Cisco AnyConnect software and a connect box will appear. If SSL_PRIVATE is not in the box already, please enter:
  2. After clicking Connect, you will be asked for your University username (e.g. abyab) and password
  3. Click OK and you will now be connected to the University network via VPN

Download the Windows/OS X user guide for installing and setting up Cisco Any Connect.


Apple iOS

For instructions on setting up Cisco AnyConnect, download the iOS user guide.



For instructions on setting up Cisco AnyConnect, download the Android user guide



For instructions on setting up Cisco AnyConnect, download the Linux user guide

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Virtual Desktop

Citrix is a virtual desktop service which allows staff, postgraduates and undergraduates to access specific University-licensed software, protected websites and selected computing resources off campus.

About Virtual Desktop

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