Department of Engineering

IT Services

Rules on Computing in the Department

The use of computers in the Department is governed by various Departmental Rules, approved by the Department Council, covering:

  • General guidelines on acceptable use (all users should read at least this);
  • Use of Electronic Mail;
  • Network rules which apply to all systems attached to the Department's network.
  • Production of Web pages and running a Web server;
  • Restrictions on access to the Teaching System, eg during timetabled classes;

The Department's computer systems are also covered by the University's rules and by national rules and laws:

  • University Information Strategy and Services Syndicate Rules (and useful guidelines from the Computing Service based on these);
  • Rules governing the use of the University's Data Network (the CUDN);
  • The use of the national network JANET.
  • The Data Protection Act - contact the Department's Data Protection Officer (dpa-officer) for details of registering use in the Department.
  • Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. Note in this context that the Department's arrangements for interception of communications are detailed here.
  • Copyright Rules.
  • Software Licensing and Licence Record Keeping.
  • There are also Computing Service rules and guidelines on many of these topics as applied to their systems.

The Information Strategy and Services Syndicate has a disciplinary procedure; minor misuse of the Department's systems may also be punished by a system of fixed penalty fines.

Note that the University has a policy on "whistle-blowing" which you may find helpful if you become aware of someone else misusing our computer systems. is neither affiliated with the authors of this page nor responsible for its contents. This is a safe-cache copy of the original web site.