University of Bath

Connecting to UniDesk

If you're a student or academic member of staff, you can use UniDesk to access your University desktop and software from your own PC, Mac, phone or tablet.

Software available on UniDesk

UniDesk is a convenient way to access University software and services on your laptop, desktop, smartphone or tablet. It gives you access to the same software available on Library computers from anywhere with an internet connection, including:

  • ActiveListening (English) - software to learn a language
  • ADInstruments (Lab Chart 8 Reader) - data analysis software
  • Adobe Reader - read PDF documents
  • Ansys (Mechanical APDL) - simulation software mainly aimed at engineering students
  • Aspen Tech - offers a range of software aimed at engineering students
  • Autograph - mathematics software focusing on statistics, graphs and large data
  • Biomechanics Toolbox - software for biomechanical data processing and modelling
  • BlueJ - Java development software
  • Business Writing - software that helps with business writing, english grammar, manuscript formatting
  • ChemBioOffice (ChemDrawStd) - scientific drawing programme
  • Chrome - Internet browser
  • College of Pharmacy - a range of software for pharmacy students
  • CorelDraw - photo editing software
  • Cygwin - Unix-like environment and command-line interface for Microsoft Windows
  • Eclipse - open source platform for Java developers
  • EndNote - automatic referencing software
  • Eviews- statistics software
  • Exercise Generator - data analysis for sports science
  • Firefox - Internet browser
  • GhostScript - Converts PDF files
  • gnuPlot - command line programme
  • GPowe - statistics software
  • Internet Explorer - Internet browser
  • JAGS - statistics software
  • Kistler (BioWare) - data acquisition software
  • KiTTY - open source platform for Unix users
  • Maple - maths and engineering software
  • MATLAB - statistics software
  • MaxTRAQ - data analysis software
  • MemoQ - translation software
  • Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Word)
  • Microsoft Silverlight - write and run internet applications
  • MiKTex (TeXworks) - write documents using markup
  • MindGame - memory game used for learning languages
  • MindGenius Business Enterprise - mindmap software
  • NetLogo (HubNet) - programming software
  • On holiday (French) - lanuage learning software
  • Python - statistics software aimed at mathematics students
  • ReadUp - speed reading software
  • Road to IELTS - lanaguage learning software
  • RStudio - open source programme development software
  • SimaPro - dsta collection and analysis software
  • SmartSVN - a cross platform subversion client
  • SPSS - stastics software package, aimed at social science students
  • StudySkills Success - language learning software
  • TeXnixCenter - write documents in LaTex
  • Visual Studio - computer program development platform
  • Windows Media Player - plays media files such as audio and video
  • WinRATS - data analysis software
  • Xming - a display server for Microsoft Windows

Preparing to connect to UniDesk

To connect to UniDesk, you need:

  • your University username, like abc123
  • your University password

You can find your username on your library card.

Connecting to UniDesk on a Windows computer

  1. Download the secure UniDesk file and save it to your desktop.
  2. Open the UniDesk file from your desktop.
  3. If you are asked 'Do you trust the publisher of this remote access?', select 'Yes'.
  4. Click 'Connect'.
  5. Enter your University username in the format 'campus\abc123' into the 'User name' box.
  6. Enter your University password.
  7. Click 'OK' to connect to UniDesk.

Connecting to UniDesk using a Mac

  1. Download and install the free Microsoft remote desktop app from the App Store.
  2. Open the Microsoft remote desktop app.
  3. Click 'New' (the plus icon).
  4. In the 'Connection Name' field, enter 'UniDesk'.
  5. In the 'PC name' field, enter 'unidesk.campus.bath.ac.uk'
  6. Enter your University username in the format 'campus\abc123' into the 'User name' box.
  7. Enter your University password.
  8. Close the 'Edit Remote Desktops' window.
  9. Under 'My Desktops', select 'UniDesk'.
  10. Click 'Start' (the arrow icon).
  11. Click 'Continue' to verify the certificate.

Connecting to UniDesk using an iPhone, iPad or Android device

The steps you need to take might vary slightly depending on your device and operating system, but the general process is the same:

1. Download the free Microsoft remote desktop app from the App Store or Play Store

2. Set up the connection to UniDesk

The wording on Android devices may differ slightly.

  1. Tap '+'.
  2. Tap 'Add PC or Server'.
  3. Enter 'unidesk.campus.bath.ac.uk' into the 'PC Name' box.
  4. Enter your University username in the format 'campus\abc123' into the 'Username' box.
  5. Enter your University password.
  6. Tap 'Save'.
  7. Under 'My Desktops', tap 'UniDesk'.
  8. Tap 'Continue' to verify the certificate.