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Computer and Information Sciences Facilities

Find out more about the facilities and equipment you can access at the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.

When you want to get hands-on with technology and really understand how everything connects, how to create software or protect data integrity, our range of specialist facilities will support you. Throughout your work, whether undergraduate, postgraduate or research, you will be able to investigate, diagnose, apply fixes and protections to ensure that organisations can make the best use of their technology.


Computer Network Technology Labs

Housing industry-standard Cisco equipment & Google colour scheme networking cabinets, these labs allow you to run a variety of network tests. They run on an independent network supported by dedicated local technicians. They use their expertise to assist with research & project work including testing communication protocols, wireless networks, performance evaluation studies, testing of network topologies and configurations & activities related to sensor systems.

Digital Security Lab

Use the latest digital and computer forensics techniques to carry out investigations on digital storage media utilising specialist applications, such as Guidance Software's EnCase, Net Analysis and Internet Evidence Finder (IEF). You’ll also be able to examine mobile devices using Microsystemation XRY and Cellebrite and conduct professional investigation using hardware such as Tableau write blockers in this purpose-built laboratory.

Music & Audio, Animation and Visual Effects Studios

Create stunning visual effects and computer-generated music in these specialist computer laboratories. They house Apple iMacs, sound editing/composing equipment and software, as well as Windows/Linux dual boot workstations with industry-standard software. Our dedicated technician for the computing studios is on hand to help with any queries.

Games Studio

Keep your finger on the pulse of the gaming industry and create the ever-more impressive computer games that are on the market in this dedicated games studio. With PS3 and PSP development kits, a range of software and a dedicated technician for the computing studios, you have everything you need to create your vision.

Video Studio

Get hands-on with a wide range of visual effects equipment to help you create your vision. With a dedicated technician for the computing studios, professional video cameras, green/blue screen shooting facilities with lighting rigs and vision mixer, you have all you need to let your creativity flow.

Pandon Basement and Studios

Recently refurbished, Pandon Basement is a 24/7 open access area with a range of computing facilities. Specialist studios with industry standard software including music technology, games, animation and green screen filming are also housed here. In addition there is a Go Café in the Basement and vending machines as well as soft seating so that students can take a break without needing to venture too far.


Further Self Study Areas for Engineering & Environment Students

The Zone

The Zone is a recently opened 24/7 light and airy open plan area popular with students undertaking group work or individual study. Based in the entrance from Northumberland Road to Ellison Building, it provides individual and group computer work stations with large screens to help students tackle their own work and group assignments comfortably.

The Hub

The Hub is a working space with computer stations and large round tables to facilitate individual working and group work. Based on the second floor of Ellison Building B-block, it is ideally located for breaks in lectures and seminars. The Hub can be accessed from 7am – 10pm weekdays and from 8am – 5pm on weekends.

Wynne Jones Student Areas

Wynne Jones Student Areas have a number of areas available including Project Space - a purpose built space that is used to exhibit student work at degree show time. It is also home to computer stations for individual study and there is room for group discussions. These spaces can be accessed from 7am – 10pm weekdays and from 8am – 5pm on weekends.

The Space

The Space is an open plan area with individual computer work stations, soft seating and a meeting room to enable individual working and group discussions. Based on the third floor of Ellison Building E-Block, it is ideally located near Physics and Electrical Engineering teaching laboratories and our Think Physics, Think Engineering Outreach laboratory. The Space can be accessed from 7am – 10pm weekdays and from 8am – 5pm on weekends.

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Computer and Information Sciences Courses

Computer and Information Sciences at Northumbria University encompasses all of our work in computer science, games, animation and digital visual effects, computer forensics and security, network technology, website development, library management and information sciences.


Computer and Information Sciences Staff

Computer and Information Sciences students learn from the best – inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject. Our courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice and are shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.

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Undergraduate Open Day Events

Looking to study in September 2018? Our Undergraduate Open Day Events are the perfect opportunity for you to find out as much as you can about our wide range of courses and world-class facilities.

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