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Video conferencing and remote communications

Find out more about the remote communication facilities the University offers and how to access them.

Access Grid Nodes

Access Grid Nodes allow people to communicate through visual images and sound exchanged between different computers at different locations.

They are an advanced form of a video conferencing facility that uses audio and video tools to allow people in different locations worldwide to meet in a virtual venue (virtual meeting room).

In these virtual venues participants can see and speak to each other in real time, use online chat and share applications simultaneously.

How many people can attend

As an application, the Access Grid is ideal for any size of meeting due to its scalability. The facility itself can cater from a single user up to groups of around 20.

At its most basic it can run on a laptop with webcam using the laptop's display and webcam microphone for a one-to-one meeting or it can be used in a conference room with a server, several high specification cameras and large display boards to create a group-to-group meeting with participants from across the globe.

Conferencing software is also available for use on laptops and office computers

Accessing Access Grid rooms

Within the University there are:

  • 3 Access Grids Nodes on campus, located in 3 West and supported by the AV department
  • 2 Video conference enabled rooms, located in the Council Chamber and the Vide-Chancellor’s Offices

Find out more about booking an Access Grid or call us on Ext 4298.