Computing & IT
Pembroke computing facilities include several well-equipped computer rooms, laptop access points in the library, and network sockets in all student rooms, where you can connect your own computer.
The college network currently uses the Windows XP operating system and gives access to your OUCS Herald email service, other University sites, and the Internet.
IT support is provided by the IT Systems Manager, Simon Thomson, IT Officer Matt Langthorpe and the assistant IT Officer, Lavanya Rao. You can call in for help with any problems from 9:30 to 17:00 Monday to Friday throughout each term, or arrange for an appointment. You can contact the IT staff by calling 01865 276430/40/50 or email: email@example.com.
All students are issued with a Pembroke network account, which is used to send important messages from the College and your Tutors. Having this account carries responsibilities for maintaining security and abiding by the College Network Rules and University Computer Rules and Code of Conduct.
Any breach of the College and University Computer Rules and Code of conduct may result in your connection being withdrawn and, depending on the severity of the infringement, a fine or further penalty.
Wireless is available in the Library, MCR, JCR, Old quad, Chapel quad, Broadgates, Rookery, Forte room, Hall and the SCR parlour on the Main site. At the GAB wireless is available in the Computer room both Common rooms the Rockefeller room and the first quad.
To configure your laptop for wireless please follow one of the guides below according to your computer's operating system. if you're not sure which operating system you use, we will be able to tell you.
College Computer Rooms
Please note: No food or drink is allowed in any of the computer rooms.
All rooms are usually open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during term time.
The '1940s' Computer Room
Located in the Macmillan Building on the main College site, the '1940s' Computer Room is the College's original facility for student use. (Please note that the name acknowledges the generosity of a group of alumni from the 1940s who helped to fund it, not to the age of the equipment!). The room contains twelve modern, networked PCs, most fitted with USB sockets on the front for memory sticks. There is also a printer (costs 3p per sheet - added to your battels; you supply your own paper) and a scanner available. The computer room also has a photocopier.
Use of the computers is on a first come, first served, basis. These facilities are available to both graduates and undergraduates.
MCR Computer Room-Staircase 3
Available exclusively to MCR members, this computer room features four networked modern computers, fitted with USB sockets on the front for memory sticks, and one networked laser printer (available only to Graduates). (Printing costs 3p per sheet - added to your battels).
G.A.B. IBM Computer Room
Located at the Geoffrey Arthur Building, this computer room is available to both undergraduates and graduates. The room contains seven modern computers, most fitted with USB sockets on the front for memory sticks, and a networked laser printer. (Printing costs 3p per sheet - added to your battels; you supply your own paper).
Library Access Points
The Library has wireless access as well as 20 points where laptops can be connected to the network. For students who only want to connect to the network in the Library there is a, non-refundable, charge of £10 per year (added to your battels).
Connecting your own computer in your room and the library
All the rooms have an Ethernet socket for connection to the Pembroke network. There is an annual, non-refundable, charge of £28 (added to your battels) for use of this facility.
If you wish to connect your own computer to the College network open the web browser and fill in all the details and acknowledge your agreement to abiding by the College Network Rules and University Computer Rules and Code of Conduct.
You will need to have a fully updated virus checker on your computer. The University provides Sophos free of charge, during your studies, and you can download it from here https://register.oucs.ox.ac.uk/self/index/ .
Once you have provided the information your computer will be allowed to connect to the network.
Your computer must have an Ethernet card fitted before it can connect to the network. Network cards and cables are available from the OUCS Shop at 13 Banbury Road. The shop sells other hardware and software and also runs a maintenance service for an annual fee.