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Network modernisation

Schedule and progress to date

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IT Services and Roc Technologies have worked together to complete significant upgrades to the University’s network infrastructure, enabling us to provide a more robust and reliable network service now and into the future.

Our network modernisation plans are now focused on transforming the wired (also known as Local Area Network, or LAN) and Wi-Fi connections in individual University buildings.

Local area network (LAN)

Our work involves replacing ageing network switches in individual buildings. These switches are typically located in communications rooms inside the building. Replacing them improves both their reliability and security, as well as reducing the University’s running costs.

The buildings and sites listed below have successfully undergone this transformation.

July to October 2020

November to December 2020

January to February 2021

Alan Gilbert Learning Commons

Samuel Alexander


George Kenyon (residences)

Stephen Joseph Studio

William Kay House

University Place

Ellen Wilkinson


John Garside

Martin Harris Centre

Manchester Museum

Arthur Lewis

Mansfield Cooper

John Rylands Library

Jean McFarlane



Vaughan House

Rutherford Building


Waterloo Place

Denmark Road

George Begg

Alan Turing

The Limes

Horniman House

Carys Bannister

Firs Security Lodge

Sugden Sports Centre

March to May 2021

June to July 2021

August 2021 to October

AV Hill

Broomcroft Hall

Precinct Security

Uttley House (Chancellors)

John Owens

Aquatics Car Park

Unsworth Park

St Anselms Hall

Kilburn and IT Building

Hulme Hall

Main Library

Contact Theatre

Coupland 1



Environmental Services Unit



Christie Building

Dalton Ellis Hall


Booth Street West Car Park

Crawford House


Whitworth Hall

Dalton Cumbrian Facility


James Chadwick

Humanities Bridgeford Street  

Upcoming schedule of works – LAN

The next phase of the LAN transformation has now started, with the following buildings scheduled (subject to review).


Expected start date

Expected finish date

Expected duration

Dover Street (BN: 059AA)



4 nights

Simon Building

08/11/2021 12/11/2021 5 nights
Michael Smith 15/11/2021 18/11/2021 4 nights
Student Union 03/01/2022 05/01/2022 3 nights

To ensure disruption is kept to a minimum, and unless advised otherwise, the work will usually take place overnight between the hours of 6pm and 7am. During this time there will be limited access to the University network in the affected building. If you are using remote desktop to connect to a University computer in the impacted building, you will lose your connection. The network will be available as normal from 7am the next day and if the work is scheduled for more than one day, it will be unavailable again each evening from 6pm until the work is complete.

During the LAN upgrade, the engineers will only require access to the communications room in each building. Colleagues from IT Services and Roc Technologies will be working with Estates colleagues and building representatives to communicate advanced notice of the works and answer any queries raised.


In addition to the LAN improvements, we are upgrading the Wi-Fi access points around campus. The following locations have so far been upgraded (accurate to 6 August 2021).

Wi-Fi transformation – upgraded buildings and sites
Alan Gilbert Learning Commons Mansfield Cooper Waterloo Place Horniman House
University Place Samuel Alexander Photon Science Institute Coupland 1
George Kenyon Martin Harris John Rylands Library Christie Building
John Garside Ellen Wilkinson Manchester Museum St Anselm
Arthur Lewis Jean McFarlane Roscoe Canterbury Court
Alan Turing Vaughan House George Begg Whitworth Hall
Core Technology Facility Carys Bannister Beyer Uttley House (Chancellors)
AV Hill Rutherford William Kay House  Main Library
Michael Smith Stephen Joseph Whitworth Art Gallery  John Owens
National Graphene Institute The Limes Hulme Hall Zochonis
Williamson James Chadwick Dalton Ellis Hall Dalton Cumbrian Facility
Broomcroft Crawford House Humanities Bridgeford Street  

Upcoming schedule of works – Wi-Fi

Details of the Wi-Fi upgrade schedule for the remaining buildings will be published here when they are available. 

Upgrade datesBuildings affected

01/11/2021 to 05/11/2021

Kilburn Building

This work will be carried out during normal working hours Monday to Friday where possible and our contractors will need to access all the Wi-Fi points throughout the building. During the upgrade you may temporarily experience reduced Wi-Fi coverage in localised areas, but we will endeavour to keep this to a minimum. 

Eduroam certificate replacement

A change has been made to our eduroam service on main campus, which means that staff and students may need to change the settings on any computer or mobile device not managed by the University.

Staff and students are advised to update their eduroam settings, as otherwise they may experience issues connecting to eduroam.

However, for the moment, University staff and students based in hospitals may need to continue using the old certificates. Visit the eduroam page above for more information.

IT help and support

Further information about Network modernisation

If you have questions or concerns about the planning of the network upgrades, please refer to our frequently asked questions in the first instance, or contact the Network modernisation project team who will be happy to help.