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Department of Computer Science and Technology


The Department's Building Services staff ensure the smooth running and security of the department.

Personal electrical equipment, laptops and PAT testing

Research students who choose to use their own laptops in the Department do not need to have these PAT tested. However, it should be noted that the use of adaptors for these laptops, especially foreign makes, is not desirable.

All other personal electrical equipment must be PAT tested by Building Services before being used in this department.


The Department recycles all its rubbish.

Green bins (next to printers):

  • All paper, not just white paper

Blue bins:

  • Paper, magazines and envelopes
  • All cardboard
  • Phone books and catalogues
  • Clean foil (rinse before placing in bin)
  • Cans, tins and metal jar lids (rinse first)
  • Cartons
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • All plastic bottles
  • Plastic pots, tubs, trays and bags
  • Not food, crockery, drinking glasses, flat glass, or pyrex

Yellow bins in kitchens:

  • Food waste only

Grey office waste paper bins

  • Paper and other recycleable material only; food waste must go in the yellow bins

Other rubbish including batteries, lamps, toner and ink cartridges and electrical equipment can be disposed of in the Stores area as a separate recycle.

Energy efficiency

The William Gates Building is one of the most energy efficient buildings within the University, and we welcome your cooperation in using energy wisely. You can help with simple measures like switching electrical equipment off when you leave your office. More information on energy efficiency and other environmental measures in the building can be found here.


The fire alarm, and other alarms in the Lab, are spoken warnings. The fire alarm is tested regularly on a Wednesday morning. If the alarm sounds at other times, you should leave all your belongings behand and leave the building by the nearest exit and may your way to the front of the building, Fire Assembly Point F, next to the bike shelter. Fire doors in corridors will close automatically when the alarm starts.

The Fire Manager will be looking to recruit new fire wardens; email if you would like to do this.


The Graduate Education Team

September 2017