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Page for New Members of the Department

Welcome

Warm words .... hope you will soon feel at home in the department. This page is intended to answer some of those questions that everyone else seems to know the answer to, but no one ever thought of telling you.

If there is some important piece of information that you found you needed, that wasn't available here, let us know so that we can make life easier for the next new arrival.

Mentor

You should have been allocated a member of staff as a mentor. This person will be able to provide you with information about the Department and how it operates. This is the first person you should contact when seeking advice about departmental/university matters. If you have not yet been told who your mentor is then contact the Deputy Head.

Where you work, who you are working with, and what they do

The department's local home page is a good starting point for finding out more about the department. You might consider setting this as your web browser home page. Practically everything is on the web, from publications and lecture notes to technical support information. It is not always easy to find so it is worth getting to know your way around the web site. Among the useful links there you will find: In particular on the Handbook page you will find links to information about departmental procedures. For example, you will find links to pages dealing with Admissions procedures, Examination procedures, Curriculum Review procedures, etc.

Administrative Stuff

Ask the administrative staff in the departmental office for The departmental office is closed outside working hours. Bear this in mind if you plan to work in the evening or at weekends, and get any stationery you need while it is open. The fax machine is in there too and the same advice holds.

Your working and computing environment

You should be allocated a desk and a computer, possibly in a room shared with other members of the department. The technical support staff will set up your computer account and give support for your use of it. Rob Thomas deals with all staff queries.

Help and information about the local system is available

Like setting up email.

If you are a postgrad or research assistant, and there is some problem with your desk or room, tell the staff member who is responsible for you. Otherwise, tell the Departmental Adminstrator.

Phones, fax, photocopying, and other facilities

Useful information here. The University Phone Directory is online, as is the University E-mail Directory.

Registering, contractual matters and other formalities

Depending on whether you are a postgrad, research assistant, lecturer, support staff, or administrative staff, you will have different kinds of official status. The Personnel Office in Senate House deals with contracts for salaried staff. The Engineering Faculty Office deals with registering postgraduate students, who should re-register annually.

The Departmental Administrator will assist you with anything of this nature.

There is a Departmental Database, currently managed by Ian Holyer. Contact Ian to make sure you are correctly entered in this.

Faculty and University Computing Facilities

A separate username and password is required to use the Faculty computers, which include those in lecture rooms and the Faculty laboratories. Information on how to register to use the Faculty computers is available here.

The University Information Services provides various other computing facilities and services including access to some free software like virus checkers.

Library

The Engineering Faculty library is in the Queen's Building. Your ID card is also you library borrowing card. There is an on-line catalogue.

You can follow the link to Computer Science Library Resources and Support to find out which books have recently been ordered/arrived, to request the purchase of a new book or to put selected literature into the Short Loan Collection. The Subject Contacts page contains contact details of our Departmental Library Representative and our Subject Librarian.

Coffee, tea, and the common room

Room 3.01 and the adjoining kitchen are shared between the Computer Science department and the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

11 a.m. and (to a lesser extent) 4 p.m. are the usual coffee times. You have to provide your own mug. Don't leave it in the kitchen as any mugs left there are liable to be taken. Supplies of coffee, tea and milk are provided, but each department has its own labelled supplies. These supplies, especially milk, are available for reasonable consumption by any member of the department. Some people bring their own private supplies, which you can also do: otherwise use only the labelled "public" supplies. There is a boiler, a filter coffee machine, and a microwave oven for anyone to use.

The doughnut tradition

The Computer Science department has a tradition that people bring in doughnuts and/or similar goodies when they have something to celebrate, such as birthdays. Arriving in this department is definitely an occasion that warrants doughnuts! Note, these days about 40 doughnuts should be sufficient, which can be obtained locally in a couple of places, for example Greggs on Queen's Road. Announce it on the e-mail list cs-donuts a day or two beforehand, and send a reminder half an hour before (the 11 a.m. coffee break is the usual time).

Lunch

There are several options.

Security

There have been occasional thefts from the building. Do not leave valuables where they are on view. It is a good idea to lock your office when no one is there. The porters will get to know you in time but they are entitled to ask anyone to show their ID card.

The Security Office 24 hour phone number is 7848. Phone if you experience any security problem or see something suspicious. The University Emergency phone number is 8777.

Parking

Checklist

Here is a list of things that you could check off to make sure that you are a fully-fledged member of the University and Department.