Staff can connect directly to the campus network and to campus WiFi. They can also connect from off-campus by several different methods.

Direct connection to the network

If your computer is in a fixed secure location, such as a staff office, secure lab or workshop, you can have a network address that will remain the same while at that location. You may also have a public address if required, so the computer will be visible on the Internet. Contact the IT Service Desk for further information. All directly connected computers must be registered, it is recommended that staff computers use the campus-managed desktop so they can be updated and maintained automatically.

Follow the instructions in the Staff Network Connection section to set up your computer.

Connect to Campus WiFi

  • Select the newcastle-university WiFi network on your device (you'll need to be within the campus WiFi range)
  • Enter your University username and password to connect

If your device requires a certificate:

  • Run the eduroam installer from
  • Select Newcastle University from the organisation list
  • Log in with and your usual campus password
  • When finished, select the newcastle-university WiFi network on your device

For more detailed instructions see the Campus Wireless Service section.

Access your files off-campus

University services can be accessed off-campus using Filr or webfolders. You can also use the Wake Up service to switch on a remote machine before accessing it. See the remote working section for more information.

Network Security

To help maintain the security and integrity of the campus network users should use the campus-managed desktop so their computers can be updated and maintained automatically. If you have valid business reasons which mean that you need to do some management of your computer yourself, this can be arranged, with the agreement of NUIT. You will be required to allow NUIT administrative access to the computer, use updated anti-virus software and take some common-sense security precautions when online. We recommend the use of Forefront AV/Microsoft Security Essentials which can be downloaded directly from the Microsoft website. AV definitions can be downloaded from here for installation on non-networked machines.

Devices you can attach to the network

You should consult with NUIT about any computer you want to connect to the network. You can connect computers and other devices to the network points in your office, lab or workshop. If you have more than one computer you can connect them all using a small network switch but there should be enough network points available for all machines.

Wireless routers are not permitted on the campus network. If there is no wireless coverage in your area please report the location to the IT Service Desk and we will look into providing wireless if appropriate.

For more information see the Home Routers & Switches section.

Your network point will be disabled if you run any service that disrupts other users, and won't be restored until the problem is resolved. If you have been using a device running a DHCP server and suspect you have been blocked, you will need to contact the IT Service Desk with your room details (full location and room number), your network outlet number (if identified) and your contact details. Please include a telephone number and alternative email address if you have one.

Rules of the network

When using any campus networking resources you are subject to the Computer User's Agreement and the Policy on Use of IT Facilities for computing facilities. In particular, bear in mind the rule about not disturbing other users. Docking users sometimes make voice/video connections: this must not disturb other users, or in any way affect their use of IT facilities.

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