IT and study resources
When you arrive at Lancaster, you will be given a computer account which provides you with a Lancaster University email address, file storage space, high-quality printing and personal web space. If you live on campus and bring your own computer, you can connect to the campus network from your room.
LUMS is wireless-enabled, and some of the computer labs around campus offer 24-hour access, including several within the Management School. The PC labs provide a wide range of software, printers and scanning facilities. All lab PCs are connected to the campus network and the internet. The Hub, a large study and meeting area at the centre of the School, provides an ideal space for groupwork.
Virtual learning environment
The Lancaster University Virtual Learning Environment (LUVLE) is a web-based environment designed to support and enhance your learning experience. It is used by the Departments to disseminate lecture notes and handouts, give access to example exercises and for online discussions.
Several LUMS programmes also use web-boards as a way of stimulating discussion inside and outside the classroom.
Some LUMS programmes include support courses in IT skills as an integral part of the programme, to help you manage the demands of your coursework.
ISS also run workshops for students, covering a range of IT topics. These include all aspects of Microsoft Office up to advanced level, production of websites and development of IT skills for academic purposes.
The University Library is a key resource for all students and lies at the centre of the campus, in Alexandra Square, just a short walk from the Management School and Graduate College.
The Library contains nearly a million items, subscribes to over 26,000 print and electronic journals and offers access to a wide range of online databases. You can access the Library catalogue over the internet from anywhere in the world.
In the business and management area, the Library subscribes to many electronic databases, including Business Source Premier, ABI/Inform, Global market information database and FAME. Databases are available to all registered students, whether they are based on or off campus.
Support is provided to LUMS students by specialist subject librarians who provide training sessions to student groups and help individuals with specific information enquiries.
Within the Library there are over 1,000 reading places and 230 computer work stations. There is also a wireless network, allowing you to work on your own laptop. Other facilities include self-service photocopiers (including colour), replay facilities for video, DVD and audio materials, a PC with a large monitor and voice recognition, a Tieman colour reader, and a Kurzweil text-reading machine.