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At West College Scotland, we recognise the key role that Information Technology has in the studies and activities of our Students.

There are a variety of IT resources and services available to you during your time with the college; equipment like PCs, Macs, laptops and printers in classrooms, libraries and other areas, cloud resources like Office 365 and services like Wi-Fi to name but a few
This section of your Intranet will provide you with useful information about these IT services and how you can gain access to them.

IT FAQs

IT FAQs

eMail Address

Your email address is based on your nine digit student number. For example if your
student number is 512345678 then your email address will be:

512345678@live.wcs.ac.uk

Password

Your student email account password is exactly the same as the password you use to log on to a college computer system.  If you’ve forgotten it, just ask a Student Advisor to reset it for you.

Logging On

You can use one of the links provided on the Student Intranet or logon directly by visiting the Office 365 login page at:

https://login.microsoftonline.com/

eduroam Wi-Fi ServiceEduroam Logo

eduroam allows students and staff from West College Scotland to securely access the Internet on their own device while in the College or at another eduroam-enabled institution. In addition, visiting users (researchers, teachers, students, staff) from other eduroam-enabled institutions can connect their device when in any West College Scotland.

Please note, the eduroam facility does not provide access to the college ‘internal resources’ e.g. network file shares or printers.

More information is available via the Services tab of the IT section on the student intranet

Instructions for configuring eduroam with a range of common devices and operating systems are available via the Guides tab of the IT section on the student intranet

Office 365 is a cloud based system, which offers a wide range of benefits to West
College Scotland Students. It can be used in college, at home or at work at any time of
day or night – all you need is an internet connection. Office 365 can help you with your
studies by offering features such as:

A College eMail Address using Outlook

All students are provided with a college email address. This is attached automatically to
college systems including Moodle, and is used by default to send college emails to you –
although you can choose to forward these emails to an account of your choice. A People
Directory is also provided to allow you to search for the College email address of fellow
students.

Online Storage using OneDrive

This gives you one Terabyte (over 1000 GB) of storage for your files. OneDrive offers
secure access to your files anywhere that has internet access, allowing you to carry out
your college work wherever you choose.

Office Web Apps

Online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint can be used both inside and outside
the College allowing you to carry out your college work from any computer without
having to install Microsoft Office.

Time Management Tools

Office 365 provides you with a calendar and task list to help manage your time and
college activities.


Contact


The West College Scotland IT Service Desk provides IT Support Services for the staff and Students of West College Scotland. We have facilities at all three main campuses, Clydebank, Paisley Renfrew Road and Greenock Finnart Street campus.

Contact IT

You can contact us either through your lecturer or by visiting us on site:

Clydebank: Room 193

Greenock: Room WB04

Paisley: Room RE123

Services

Eduroam Logoeduroam Wi-Fi Service

eduroam allows students and staff from West College Scotland to securely access the Internet on their own device while in the College or at another eduroam-enabled institution. In addition, visiting users (researchers, teachers, students, staff) from other eduroam-enabled institutions can connect their device when in any West College Scotland.

Please note, the eduroam facility does not provide access to the college ‘internal resources’ e.g. network file shares or printers.

About eduroam

eduroam (EDUcation ROAMing) is a worldwide community whose aim is to “open your laptop and be online”. eduroam allows users (researchers, teachers, students, staff) from participating institutions to securely access the Internet from any eduroam-enabled institution. The eduroam principle is based on the fact that the users’ authentication is done by the user’s home institution, whereas the authorization decision allowing access to the network resources is done by the visited network. Put simply, West College Scotland users can visit other eduroam institutions and log onto their network using West College Scotland credentials.

eduroam uses 802.1X to authenticate users. To enable authentication at any eduroam site, a worldwide hierarchical infrastructure of authentication servers (RADIUS) exists which securely tunnel users’ authentication attempts back to their home institution.

eduroam(uk)

In the UK, eduroam is operated and provided by eduroam (uk). All UK eduroam sites are members of the eduroam (uk) federation and must comply with the Janet Roaming Technical Specification. Janet is the Joint Academic NETwork which provides our gateway to the Internet.

eduroam (uk) manages the UK authentication infrastructure which connects to the European eduroam infrastructure.

Find out where to use eduroam in the UK.

The eduroam federation spans the UK, 22 other European countries, Australia and Taiwan who have all collaborated to provide international RADIUS proxy authentication facilities.

Find out where to use eduroam overseas.

Acceptable Use Policy

  • Users will not attempt to make use of P2P software.
  • Users will make sure that they keep Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware software up to date on their clients, using the facilities provided by their own home site wherever applicable.
  • Users will ensure that they adhere to the Acceptable Use Policy of their own organization.
  • Adhere to the Janet Roaming Policy.

eduroam Instructions

eduroam is a service that is designed to allow staff and students to access the Internet at participating institutions across the UK (increasingly the world) using your college email address and password.

These instructions are for use by current staff, students and eduroam enabled visitors.

Configuring Your Device with eduroam

Instructions for configuring eduroam with a range of common devices and operating systems are available via the Guides tab of the IT section on the student intranet

Guides