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IT services

IT plays a big part in your learning at Manchester. You’re connected to lecturers and your fellow learners whether you're on campus or in halls, and key learning materials are just a click away.

There are nearly 4,000 computers on campus, many within individual academic Schools and halls of residence.

Our large computer clusters are open to all students and include access to laser printing and scanning facilities. All of our halls of residence offer Internet access and there is also extensive free Wi-Fi across campus.

We’ll give you an IT account that lets you access all our main computing services. We’ll get you started on our email system, which includes 25GB of storage space, a calendar for managing your schedule, instant messaging and mobile phone compatibility.

If you get stuck, there's always someone on hand to help via our 24/7 IT support telephone line. You can also get help online or at one of our face-to-face service desks across campus.

And, with our downloadable iManchester smartphone app for mobile devices, you'll always be connected. The app helps you find your way around campus, search for your nearest cafe, locate your nearest PC cluster and much more. 

Online learning

We provide an advanced e-learning environment called Blackboard that gives you online access to course materials, interactive learning activities, self-assessment exercises and assignment submission, as well as the opportunity to have discussions with teaching staff and other students.

With access to resources 24/7 – including via mobile devices – Blackboard complements face-to-face teaching and is a hugely popular and flexible tool for busy students.

In 2013 over 120 lecture theatres at The University of Manchester were equipped with lecture capture recording equipment. The majority of teaching and learning activities that take place in these locations are now recorded and made available to students to aid revision.