UCB provides an extensive range of IT facilities across the curriculum.

Computing Facilities

All students have access to computers in the Student Resource Centre, ThinkSpace, Knowledge Transfer Centre and the Mezzanine at Summer Row and Richmond House library (see the Library page of the UCB website for opening hours).

All computers have access to:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Internet
  • Email
  • Dedicated storage
  • Student printing service

Please note that students are able to print/photocopy 500 sheets free of charge, with final year degree students being allocated an additional 500 sheets. Any sheets in excess of this are charged at 5p per side of mono A4, to minimise waste and speed up printing. All proceeds from charges on paper go towards improving printing services.

IT Support

IT Support is available from the IT Support Unit which is situated on the 8th Floor at Summer Row, the Ground Floor at McIntyre House and in the Resource Centre at Richmond House. Any student enrolled at UCB may go to the ITSU for technical support concerning any of the following problems:

  • Software/hardware faults
  • Data recovery
  • File conversion
  • Virus detection and clearing
  • Printer faults
  • UCB wireless internet access
  • Internet connection at Student Halls

ITSU opening times (term-time) are:

Monday to Thursday: 8.45am - 5.15pm

Friday: 8.45am - 4.45pm

Please note that ITSU staff cannot assist students with their assignments or teach students how to use word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software or databases. There is, however, a great deal of support elsewhere, in particular, IT workshops and the Academic Skills Centre. Self-study booklets are also available from the Resource Centres.

Using UCB computers

It is important to make sure that you know how to access the University computers so that you can store and print documents correctly and check email on a regular basis. Every student is allocated individual space on the cloud as part of UCB's Office 365 subscription to store documents as well as being entitled to a quota of free printing. In order to make use of these facilities, it is necessary to log on and off the computer using your own username and password.

To access the computer systems you will first need to swipe your Student ID card at one of the Login.Point terminals, which can be found at the following locations:

  • Summer Row - Resource Centre
  • Summer Row - Library
  • Richmond House - Resource Centre

After swiping your ID card a receipt is printed, showing your username and a temporary password. You will be prompted to change your password the first time you log in. You should do this, as you will find a personal password easier to remember, while at the same time keeping your work more secure.

For first year students, accounts will be live as soon as your card is swiped through a Login.Point terminal.

Always remember to keep backup copies of your documents on portable memory sticks.

To log on to a computer

  • In the Login box, type your Student ID
  • Press the Tab key
  • Type your Password
  • Click OK. On first logging on to the computer, you will be prompted to change your password.
  • At the prompt type in your NEW PASSWORD.  It must be at least 5 characters long.
  • Now click on the CONFIRM PASSWORD box.  Retype your new password and click OK.

The password change confirmation box should appear. Click OK.

Remember that you will need to log off the computer each time you have finished to prevent other students from accessing your work:

  • Click on the Windows Start button (bottom left hand corner of the screen)
  • Select Log Off

Student email is available through UCB's Office 365 subscription. To access your UCB email, click on the Office 365 icon and enter your student ID in the format: Entering your UCB password will give your access to Office 365 where you will be able to use Mail, Calendar, OneDrive (your personal storage area) and familiar Office applications. Office 365 can be accessed outside of UCB by visiting the Office 365 Portal.

Further details of UCB IT services, including wireless internet, printing, photocopying and e-mail can be found in the ‘IT Services – A Guide for Students’ booklet available in the libraries and resource centres at UCB and on the UCB Portal.

Please note that when you leave UCB, all e-mail and server privileges will be removed. Therefore you need to ensure that any work you want to keep has been saved to a memory stick.

UCB Online

UCB Online is UCB’s Virtual Learning Environment. It is a learning support system, accessible via the internet, that is used by your lecturers to make learning resources and other information available online. Each student has their own UCB Online account which gives them access to the programme areas they are studying.

To Access UCB Online

  • UCB Online is accessed via the UCB Student Portal
  • Note: Your UCB Online Username and Password are exactly the same as the login you will use to access the UCB network.

Viewing Your Programme:

Inside the “My Programmes” panel, you will find a link to the programme you are studying. To view information about your programme, click on the title of your programme (e.g. NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing).

Use the navigation menu on the left-hand side of the screen to access module resources such as assignments, lecture slides, reading lists, staff contact details etc.

Accessing UCB Online on Mobile Devices:

You can access UCB Online on your mobile phone by downloading the “Bb Student” app from your device's App store. The App will help you stay up to date with your programme whilst on the move. Once downloaded, open the app and search for "UCB"; then enter your usual login details. The app is available for Apple, Google and Window devices.

Support with UCB Online

If you have technical problems accessing UCB Online or using the Bb Student App, please email the D.I.C.E. team or call (0121) 604 1000 ext 2437. Alternatively, speak to a member of the D.I.C.E. Team in Room 425 on the 4th Floor of the Summer Row Campus or visit their support site available via the UCB Student Portal.