Computing - IT

Computing - IT

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All students at St Catherine's College are provided with an account on the college NetWare servers, this username and password combination allows access to the computers in the Library, JCR and Staircase 18 computer rooms mentioned below.

Student Computer Rooms:

There are three rooms in college equipped for computers for use by students:

  • Library computer room; this contains 10 PCs, a colour laser printer, and an A4 flatbed colour scanner.
  • Staircase 18 computer room; this consists of five PCs, a black and white laser printer, and a single A4 flatbed colour scanner.
  • JCR Email room; located next to the JCR this facility is open to all college members and contains 8 machines, a black and white A4 laser printer, and a colour A3 printer.

Opening Hours:

Library Computer Room | 08:30 - 23:55*
Staircase 18 | 24 hours
JCR Email room | 08:00-24:00

The opening hours of the library and JCR, when different, supersede those given here.

The Library Computer Room.

A small charge is levied for printing to cover the cost of consumables and is paid for in advance via the uPay system. Students will be advised of the current charging scheme on arrival. This is currently 4 pence per sheet of A4 black-and-white printing and 10 pence per sheet for colour printing, also A4.

Common software packages that are available to students include Microsoft and Corel Office suites for general word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation preparation; eXceed for running X-windows, and SPSS for statistics. Each user is allocated 100 Mb of disk space on a central fileserver; this is quite generous and extensions will only rarely be considered and then only if sufficient resources are available. Files stored on local disks should not be considered secure nor safe from deletion.

All students are given a username and password for access to networked computers. Without the correct combination it is impossible to log on to any computer and use your home directory. Students wishing to make use of the College email facilities must first register individually for an email account with Oxford University Computing Services, email account details are generally provided on arrival for those starting a course at Catz. Once these details are obtained, a variety of email packages are available for use on personally owned computers; instructions for configuring popular email packages is provided by OUCS With regard to PCs found in computer rooms, email should only be used on the machines set aside for that purpose within the email room. Internet access is also available from machines within the student computer rooms.

All student rooms have data-points for connection to the Internet. These are standard RJ-45 sockets operating at either 100MB/s. Students wishing to connect their machines to the data network must register their machines with the College IT Officer. This process can be conducted via web-form and does not require a visit to the IT office.

Student views on matters of college computing are aired to the IT Committee by two representatives, one from the JCR and another from the MCR. Matters that require prompt resolution should be directed to the appropriate student representative, or, when necessary, the College IT Officer. General information regarding computing issues specific to the college network may be found on posters distributed in the student computing rooms. For additional IT information, please contact: support@stcatz.ox.ac.uk.