User Names

Unlike many other departments around the University, the School has its own server. This means that you will need at least two accounts, one or more to log into the computers and one with ITS for printing and Internet access. However, all of your accounts will have the same username. In most cases we recommend that you also set the same password for each of your accounts.

New Students - Setting Up Your School Account

If this is your first year the School will automatically create an account for you. This includes creating a username and a password and allocating space on the server for you to save your work. Your username is usually your initials followed by a number, e.g. John James Smith might have a username of jjs4. The number only indicates that other people before you have had these initials, e.g. jjs4 is the fourth person with the initials jjs.

If you are an undergraduate student you will be given your username when you first sign up for laboratory sessions for your courses. If you are not a first-year student or are a new staff member you will need to see the Unix technical support staff in GG.24 to set up your account. Your username for your School account is the same as that used at ITS and is established at the same time as your School account.

Your initial password will typically be the last eight digits on your Student ID card. For security reasons, it is important that you reset your password as soon as possible. You can do this by logging in to a computer using your username and initial password. You can change your password once you're in the system.

Returning Students

If you are a returning student and already know your username, it will not have changed since you last used your account. For some accounts your password will not have changed either; in other cases it may have been reset to the last eight digits of your new library barcode.

Note that your library barcode changes each year. It also changes if you are issued with a replacement ID card for any reason.

If you are unable to remember your username or password please visit the relevant technical support staff.

End of Trimester

SCMS computer accounts are only provided for student use when currently enrolled in a relevant paper, i.e., only during the trimester. You will lose access to your SCMS accounts (including your email account if you have one) as soon as examinations are over each trimester.

Research students, e.g., MSc or PhD students, will retain access to their accounts between trimesters.

What Does It Cost?

The account itself costs nothing, but you do get charged for things like printing and Internet use. Charging is done through your UniCash account.