Study Resources in the University


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.

Alan Gilbert Learning Commons

The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons is a state of the art study and learning centre in the heart of the Oxford Road campus boasting an onsite café, an impressive atrium providing a social meeting space with wifi access and flexible study spaces and environments throughout the building. During termtime it is open 24/7. Facilities include:

  • Exclusive group learning rooms
  • Flexible break out and work spaces with multimedia facilities
  • 400 fixed workstations with live update availability information so you don’t have to wait
  • MFD’s for print, scan and photocopying
  • Wifi access throughout the building including outdoor café areas
  • Charging stations to charge laptops, tablets and smart phones
  • Café and vending machine facilities

Online resources

IT Services: IT Services provides most of the campus IT services for staff and students of the University of Manchester. For information on how to get started, help and support please visit their website at:

Internet WiFi: If you are using your own device then you can connect to the internet via WiFi.  There are two WiFi networks available across the University campus: the University of Manchester network and Eduroam.   It is recommended that you use the Eduroam network.  You can register for Eduroam here.

Undergraduate Facilities in the Alan Turing Building

The School of Mathematics is based in the Alan Turing Building, no.46 on the campus map. The main entrance is at the Upper Brook Street end of the building. All other doors leading out, including the doors at the ends of the atrium, are fire doors and should only be used in case of emergency.

The building is normally open on weekdays between 8.30am and 5.30pm. Students should note that it is not possible to leave the building without assistance after 5.30pm.

All of the facilities for undergraduates are on the ground floor.

School of Mathematics Reception: The School’s reception desk is located just inside the main entrance. This should be the first point of contact for any queries or questions you might have. You can call the reception desk on 0161 275 5800.

Pi in the Sky (Atrium Café): The Food on Campus Pi in the Sky outlet is also based in the ground floor atrium space. It is open 9am – 3.30pm Monday to Friday.

Teaching Rooms: The ground floor also contains a number of teaching rooms, some of which are named after eminent previous members of the precursors of the School of Mathematics:

There are no large teaching rooms in the building and so many lectures and other classes, particularly for the first and second year students, will take place in other buildings. 

Undergraduate Common Area: At the far end of the atrium beyond the yellow barrier is the Undergraduate Common Area. To improve the student experience we feel it is important to have a dedicated area where undergraduates in the School can relax and socialise together.

Undergraduate Work Room (G.211): Just off the Undergraduate Common Area is the Undergraduate Work Room. Notice boards providing course information are positioned throughout the room. There are two areas where groups can work round a blackboard which will be partitioned off most of the time, and these will be used for some first year supervisions. If not booked for supervisions, these areas can be used as additional work space. Careers information is also available in this room.

Undergraduate Quiet Study Room (G.101): Across the atrium, opposite the Undergraduate Work 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 small collection of undergraduate text books which are available for reference. Students are asked not to remove the books from the room.

Undergraduate Computer Cluster (G.105): 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.

Note the cluster is Faculty owned, and therefore some teaching classes will be scheduled in the cluster.  The IT services website lists all the clusters around campus.  During the examination period the Alan Turing Cluster is booked out for examinations.  The George Kenyon PC Cluster has public access available to all mathematic students during this period.

Teaching and Learning Office (G.202/4): The Teaching and Learning Office is located behind the main School reception desk and the professional support staff in this office will be able to answer any questions related to your studies. Full information about student support within the School can be found on the website here, and if you are having any problems using the student system, you should first contact IT Services unless the problem specifically relates to your studies.

MATHSoc Office (G.116): This office has a hatch directly across the atrium from the School reception desk. The counter is used by the MATHSoc from time to time. 

Academic Offices: Offices for academic staff and postgraduate students are on the first and second floors.

The Head of School (Professor Oliver Jensen) and Head of School Administration (Jo Kaiserman) are located on the first floor. If you wish to make an appointment with either of them, you should speak to their P.A., Sue Tizini.

The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics occupies the third floor. The University Photon Science Institute is housed in a connected part of the building.

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