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Open Access Computers

Open access computers are available for student use at each of our campuses.  View the locations and opening times below:

(Please note these hours apply during trimester times - opening hours may vary at other times of the year.)

Ayr Campus

Library Open Access PC Area – for opening hours visit the Library page.

Dumfries Campus

Library Open Access PC Area – for opening hours visit the Library page.

Rutherford McCowan – R245, R249 and R247/8 (Mon-Thu 08.30 -21.00, Fri 08.30 - 18.00)*

Browne House – B203 (Mon-Fri 08.30 - 16.30)*

Dudgeon House – W.1 and W.13 (Mon-Fri, 08.30 - 16.30)*

* Available to students if not booked for teaching

Lanarkshire Campus

Library Open Access PC Area – for opening hours visit the Library page.

Library/HUB, Ground Floor, Building 2 (Mon-Thu 08.30 - 21.00, Fri 08.30 - 17.30, Sat 09.00 - 17.00)

London Campus

Library Open Access PC Area – for opening hours visit the Library page.

Paisley Campus

Library Open Access Area – for opening hours visit the Library page.

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Logging in to a PC

If you are logging in to a PC, the login screen will look like this:

Your login details are your Banner ID (eg B00123456) and network password.

Once logged in, you will have access to your network drive (H:).

 

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Logging in to a Thin Client

‘Thin Clients’ are used at our Ayr, Dumfries and Paisley campuses. These are virtual machines which store and process information on a centralised server instead of on a hard drive.

If you are logging in to a Thin Client, the login screen will look like this:

Your login details are your Banner ID (eg B00123456) and network password.  The domain should be set to UWS-STUDENT.

At Ayr campus, you will also need to select either UWS or SRUC to connect to the relevant network.

Once logged in, you will have access to your network drive (H:).  Please note that anything you save on the desktop or C Drive of a Thin Client is automatically deleted when you log out.

Further instructions can be found in the Thin Client User Guide.

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Logging Out

Once you are ready to leave the computer, you must log out. If you do not, the next person using the PC will have access to your files. Before logging out, save your work to your network drive (H:) or a portable storage device. Otherwise, you will lose your files. Make sure you close all programs and remember to take all personal belongings with you.

Windows 7

Click the Start button and select Log Off.

Windows 10

Click on the person icon underneath Switch Account then select Sign Out.

Resetting Your Password

UWS uses a self-service password reset service which enables you to reset your own password at any time. For improved security, you will be asked to provide answers to a series of questions which can then be used to verify your identity when resetting your password off-campus.

Please note, you will never be asked to disclose your password.

To set up your Password Manager profile, go to passwordmanager.uws.ac.uk

Change Your Password

To change your password once you have logged in to a computer on-campus:

  • Press CTRL+ALT+DEL on the keyboard
  • Select ‘Change a Password’ from the options
  • Enter your current password
  • Enter your new password
  • Re-enter your new password

 

When creating a new password, it is good practice to use a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.

Reset Your Password

If you have forgotten your password:

  • Go to passwordmanager.uws.ac.uk
  • Enter your username in the form UWS-STUDENT\BannerID (e.g. UWS-STUDENT\B00123456) OR UWS-STAFF\ADnumber (e.g. UWS-STAFF\12345678)
  • Select ‘Forgot My Password’
  • Follow the instructions

 

If you are unable to reset your own password, please contact the Student Hub for assistance on 0141 848 3800.  Staff members should contact the Helpdesk on 0141 848 3999.

IT Password Management Procedure

This procedure has been created to ensure that staff and students are aware of the steps required to adequately protect university staff and students’ data and that all users of the University IT systems are aware of their responsibilities with regard to effective password management.

DOWNLOAD PROCEDURE (PDF)

Last updated: 27/07/2018