Everyone at Brunel has access to the Computer Centre's services - email, software, Internet access and much more.
Your network username gives you access to facilities including: filestore, where you may keep your work securely; a Brunel email account; Brunel's virtual learning environment; access to the University network from your own devices, including through campus-wide Wi-Fi; and the Brunel intranet, which contains course information, support and news.
PC work areas are available across campus, and some are open 24 hours a day.
The Library is at the heart of the campus and offers a wealth of resources and services to support you in your study at Brunel. In addition to our recently refurbished building which houses study space and print resources, we also offer an extensive e-Library which provides electronic access to a huge range of online material, including journal articles and e-books. With 24 hour access across the week, and a range of support available, you can use the Library at a time which is convenient for you.
The Library holds a collection of approximately 400,000 books and an increasing collection of e-resources to support your studies here. To see what books we have, try searching the library catalogue, or to see what e-resources we have, try our Summon search from the Library homepage, (access to the full text will become available once you have enrolled).
Most Reading Lists will be made available online before you start university. This is a great opportunity to see what reading is expected of you before you start. Readling lists are arranged by module rather than by course. You can view the typical modules available for your course from the 'Course Content' tab on the relevant course page. Then you can search using the relevant module name. Reading lists are updated regularly, so please visit the site later if your modules are not available yet.
The Student Centre, located on the ground floor of the Bannerman Centre (library), provides a range of administrative services and support to all students; from registration and re-enrolement, through course duration to graduation and former students. The Student Centre should be your first port of call for any administrative enquiries, including:
- Student Records and general administration, including enrolment, name changes and travel discounts (such as the Student Oystercard)
- Finance enquiries, including tuition fee and accommodation payments and invoices, student loans support, scholarships and bursaries
- The Hardship Fund and emergency loan information, and the Money Doctors advisers.
- Accommodation enquiries, including information relating to payments, vacating procedures, deposits and refunds
- Help with Student Annual Vehicle Permits to park on campus, including support with permit applications, lost/damaged permits and change of vehicle registration. Applications can be made, once you are fully enrolled, through eVision .
- Student ID cards, including replacement cards and access enquiries
- Help with accessing eVision, Blackboard and U-Link, including logging in, password resets and task activity support for eVision
- Student letters and visa extensions, including bank, council tax and student status letters (many of these can also be requested via eVision).
- Help with visa extensions and Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) numbers for international students.
The Student Centre Intranet pages (log-in required) contain detailed information on the services provided and opening hours.
You will learn about our Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard), and how and where to log in, during Freshers' Week. The Computing Support team and the Student Centre can also help you by providing resources and showing you how to access your account.
Different programmes, subjects and lecturers will use Blackboard in different ways. You should expect to see reading lists for most of your courses in the VLE, as well as Academic timetables; beyond that, it is down to the course itself. The VLE is often used to download lecture notes and slides; additionally, many tutors will share multimedia content, other learning resources and seminar handouts through the VLE. Some academics offer online office hours, some will expect students to submit assignments online through the VLE, and some will expect students to engage with their peers using things like discussion boards, blogs and wikis.
Distance learning students will be provided with information by their school, either when visited by academics or online. Depending on the course the majority of communications with your lecturers may come through the VLE.