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Durham University

Computing and Information Services

User registration

Temporary IT Accounts

All members of the University are entitled to use computing facilities provided by Computing and Information Services. In order to use these facilities, you must be registered with CIS and have a computing username.

A single username is sufficient for the Managed Desktop Service (MDS), the academic Linux service and the Networked PC service (NPCS). Separate registration is necessary for some specialist services such as the High Performance Computing Service. Registration forms for these services are available online via the Self Service portal.

Please note: all registered users of CIS facilities are bound by the University Regulations for the Use of IT Facilities

All students properly registered with the University are pre-registered for CIS facilities and have their CIS username printed on their Campus Card. An initial password is set and details of this may be found in the CIS student handbook. Erasmus and other visiting students should visit the IT Service Desk and fill in a user registration form.

Members of staff should register to use all services by filling in a staff registration form available from the IT Service Desk or online .

For information about choosing a secure password, please see InfoSheet 40: Passwords and their Security.

Non-personal Accounts

Non-personal usernames are available for purposes such as:

  • Providing departmental or college WWW pages
  • Departmental projects
  • Student clubs and societies

Non-Personal Accounts are to be renewed annually and account details kept secure.

To obtain a non-personal username, please fill in a non-personal form, available online.