Use of the Aberystwyth University network

The Aberystwyth University computing network is part of JANET – the UK’s education and research network.

All use of the network is bound by the JANET Acceptable Use Policy and the Information Services Regulations. You should familiarise yourself with what these contain.

Computing facilities are provided to authorised Aberystwyth University users in support of the academic aims of the University. A limited amount of non-academic use is permitted as a privilege to our users as long as it does not:

  • break the law
  • contravene the JANET Acceptable Use Policy
  • use amounts of bandwidth or network resources that could compromise the legitimate academic use of the network by other users
  • compromise the security of the network or other users
  • breach copyright in any way
  • infringe upon the personal privacy of individuals
  • divert staff time away from supporting the academic use of the network
  • disturb or prevent others from using the facilities for the academic purpose for which they are provided

Specific activity that is NOT allowed

  • Peer to Peer (P2P) - used mainly in file sharing, communications and gaming
  • Network scanning
  • Using webcams covertly or to show the activities of identifiable individuals without their consent
  • Accessing offensive, obscene or indecent images, data or other material
  • Sending unsolicited (spam) bulk emails
  • Sending nuisance, offensive or defamatory emails
  • Posting nuisance, offensive or defamatory material on the web and social networking sites

Information Services have a responsibility to ensure that the JANET Acceptable Use Policy is adhered to and reserve the right to alter network configurations to facilitate this and remove privileged access where necessary.

Computer security

When connecting your device to our network, it is essential that you ensure your computer is free from virus attacks, hacking or misuse by a third party. Computers connected to the University network that are infected with a virus or compromised in any way are automatically disconnected.

You must:

Student Network Fair Usage Guidelines

Although Aberystwyth University is part of the high-speed JANET network that links UK universities to the Internet there is still a physical limit to the network connection available to us. To ensure all users enjoy the best service, whatever the demands on the network, we operate a fair usage policy on the Student Network, which includes halls and wireless. This sets a quota limit on the amount of data each user can download from external websites during a rolling time period.

Network traffic monitoring has shown us that it is often a small number of users of the Student Network who are responsible for using most of the capacity. Those using more than their 'fair share' impact on the service available to other users of the network. People using real time applications such as telephony, webcams and games notice this most as they will experience occasional dropouts or delays.

The Fair Usage Policy, by reducing the bandwidth used by this small number of people, means an improved service for all.

Current quota limits

Users of the Student Network can download up to 30GB during a rolling 24hr period from externally hosted websites. 

This is a personal limit which:

  • includes all devices registered to you
  • covers both the wired and the wireless network
  • Operates between 9am and 3am

3am to 9am are considered 'off-peak' hours and your bandwidth will not be counted in this period

Information Services reserves the right to change the quota limits at any time in order to ensure the optimum possible service for all users.

Checking you usage

You can check how much of your quota you have used in the current 24 hour period via this page (login required)

Exceeding your quota limit

If you exceed the limit within the specified time period you will still be able to access all internal Aberystwyth University services e.g Webmail, Aberlearn Blackboard, at normal speed. However your access to external sites, although continuing to work, will be at a considerably slower speed. Reducing your bandwidth usage (uploads and downloads) should see your connection speed improving within 24 hours. We estimate that this fair usage policy will affect less than 5% of users of the Student Network.

Disciplinary Actions

Misuse of information and communications technology at Aberystwyth University is treated extremely seriously.
Action will be taken against anyone involved in misuse under Information Services regulations (penalties may include blocking access to the network and/or fines), the University’s disciplinary procedures and, where illegal activity is suspected, individuals may be reported to the Police.