Eldon Cluster

Computing

Facilities

Information technology plays an important part in our research and teaching, and Newcastle University's computing services are fully networked, enabling access to your files from any PC on the campus, including those in the Law School cluster.

All our students have access to word processing, data management, printing, free e-mail, unlimited access to the Internet and computer-based learning packages.

We also subscribe to many useful legal services, including Westlaw, Lexis®Library, Justis, and many electronic journals. These provide services like legal dictionaries, databases of legal materials, bibliographies, and journals indexes.

You will find that the amount of information on the Internet is vast. Two of our staff founded the first UK academic law journal to appear on the world wide web in March 1995 - the Web Journal of Current Legal Issues.

We are also ground-breaking in developing material for teaching purposes, via the University's implementation of Blackboard, a widely-used virtual learning environment.

Computer skills

Computer and word-processing skills need to be developed for study purposes, and are important as skills that are transferable for employment. Solicitors and barristers, for example, use computers for a wide range of tasks: accounting, document drafting, record keeping, litigation support, databases and communications.

All your essays must be submitted in word-processed form, but we can help you if you get stuck. You also have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources, including the Internet and databases of legal materials.

Can I bring my own computer?

Many students come to Newcastle with their own desktop or laptop computers. It is possible to set up your equipment to use our networks on-campus, most of the common areas of the Law School have wireless coverage. There are wireless network hotspots all over the campus. Off campus, you can have access to a wide range of applications and other resources through our Remote Applications Service (RAS). Your University e-mail account and file space are readily available over the Internet from anywhere in the world.

The standard software on University provided PCs is Microsoft Office, and we are currently completing a move to Office 2007. It is usually possible to adopt a method of working which provides some file format compatibility with other systems.

Information Systems and Services can help with any further computer queries you may have.