Study and Research Facilities
The University of Manchester Library is one of the largest and best-equipped in the country containing over 5 million printed items. It also provides access to the largest collection of electronic resources of any UK academic library, including more than 500,000 electronic books, over 25,000 unique electronic journals, and several hundred other databases. Most of these can be accessed on and off campus by staff and students. For further information please consult the guides provided on the Library’s subject pages.
Recent electronic resources made available to the School include the SIAM ebook collection, comprising almost 400 books from a leading source of knowledge for the world’s applied mathematics and computational science communities, and the Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, the most up-to-date and comprehensive English-language graduate-level reference work in the field of mathematics today.
The School has excellent computing facilities, ranging from PCs to UNIX state-of-the-art workstations with access to the powerful supercomputers at Research Computing Services. Software available for use by students includes Matlab 7, Mathematica 5, Maple 10, S-Plus 7, Minitab 14, SAS 9.1, SPSS 13, tecplot 10, GSharp, and the NAG f77 and f90 libraries (mark 21). All students have access to these facilities in a number of clusters distributed around the School. Postgraduate students, in addition, have access to the above hardware and software on machines located in their rooms.
Students and staff of the School can also access to various PC clusters located across campus. There are several large public clusters located in the John Ryland's library, and a large public cluster (open 23 hours a day) located in Manchester Computing on the ground floor of the Kilburn building; these clusters run Windows XP.
The School is located in the purpose-built and centrally-located Alan Turing Building. The School's space within the Building has been designed to meet the needs of students and staff. There are a number of study rooms specifically for our undergraduates. In addition to these study areas, the School has an Undergraduate Common Room where can relax and spend social time together.
G.211 The Undergraduate Work Room
Off to the left through the Undergraduate Common Room is the Undergraduate Work Room. Students often like to work together and we see this as a natural place where students can gather to do mathematics. Notice boards providing course information will be positioned in the room and there will also be pigeonholes where messages and mail for undergraduate will be placed. You should check these pigeonholes regularly in case there is something for you. In this room there are two areas where groups can work round a blackboard which will be partitioned for most of the time and these will be used for some first year supervisions. When not booked for supervisions they can be used as additional work space. Careers information will be placed in this room (or possibly in the Undergraduate Common Room).
G.101 The Undergraduate Quiet Study Room
Off to the right through the Common Room is the Undergraduate Quiet Study Room. This is intended as a quiet area where students who wish to work on their own can do so without interruption. In this room there is a collection of undergraduate text books which are available for reference. These are books which were collected together during the move over the summer. It may be possible to improve this collection if it is well used. Students are asked not to remove the books from the room.
This cluster is on the right of the atrium just before the Undergraduate Common Room and is available for use at any time when the building is open so long as it is not in use by a class. The far end can be partitioned off for use by small classes and this area is used for some postgraduate teaching.Photo galleries of the Alan Turing Building are available.