Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Some software provided by the university to staff and students require the computers to be connected to the university’s IT network for authorisation every time the software is started. This is straightforward if you are connected to the eduroam wifi service or directly to the ethernet ports available at the university’s campuses. However, if you want to use these tools while at home, on a business trip, a conference or other non-work location using the public internet, you can use the university’s VPN service to continue using the software.

This is just one of the many uses of VPN service. The university VPN provides secure communications between your computer and another network, increased levels of privacy and access to University resources normally inaccessible from outside of the University’s network.

The Information Services webpages on off-site working contain all the information you need to get started with setting up the VPN or Remote Desktop on your computers (both personal and office-issued ones).

Click here to view the pre-requisites to setting up the VPN.

Click here to view the guidance for configuring the VPN app and using the service.

Click here to know about the popular software suites that require a particular procedure to be followed for installation – includes Adobe systems, Endnote, NVivo, Autodesk systems, SPSS and Matlab Mathworks.