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​IT Glossary


This glossary will help explain some of the IT terminology used within Information Services and the University.

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Adobe Creative Cloud

The Adobe Creative Cloud (Adobe CC) software suite provides creative desktop tools and is available to all students on University PCs and Macs in selected Computer Suites, including certain clusters within the JKCC.  Find out more...


Anti-virus Software

Installed to protect PCs from viruses.  Edinburgh Napier students are entitled to free anti-virus software.  Go to the Virus Protection page to find out more.

AppsAnywhere is a web based tool which delivers the software you use for studying, on demand across the University’s libraries and computer suites, whenever and wherever you need it, using Cloudpaging technology. Find out more...

askNapier is our Knowledge Base.  If you have any IT related questions search for them on askNapier.


Files are backed up when they are copied to a second disk or drive. It is recommended that all files are regularly backed up to provide protection from loss or corruption in case of system failure. All files on your H drive are regularly backed up by Information Services.


Computer Suite

An area within the University that students can go to use University Computing equipment.  The main University Computer Suites within the University are: the JKCC at Merchiston, the Younger Suite at Craiglockhart and the LRC Level 2 Computer Suite at Sighthill



Consumables such as CD-R Disks, CD-RW Disks and USB sticks are available for students to purchase from our main campuses.  To find out more please visit the Purchasing Supplies page.


Desktop Image

Your desktop is the screen that you see when you first start the computer.  It consists of a Start button and various icons pointing to files, folders and applications, the student desktop is currently based on a Windows 7 operating system.  To find out more visit the Desktop Software page



Downtime is the term used for the period of time when one of the University’s systems is unavailable. Reasons for downtime may include planned maintenance (scheduled downtime)  or, on extremely rare occasions, system failure (emergency downtime).



Eduroam is the University's WiFi service. To find out more visit the Wireless Service page.


H Drive (also termed Personal Data Area)

Your H drive is an area on the network where you can save your files and folders.  It is protected by your password and is backed up regularly.  We recommend that you always save files to your H drive.  Further information about your H drive can be found on the Data Storage page


iNapier is the Mobile App which gives you personalised access to the University's online services via your Mobile Device. Find out how to download iNapier.


Jack Kilby Computer Centre (also termed JKCC or Kilby Centre)

The JKCC is the main Computer Suite based at Merchiston.  It contains 500 PCs as well as a variety of other IT equipment.  You can find out more about the JKCC by visiting the Merchiston Computer Suites page.


Login ID (also termed User ID or User Name)

Your Login ID is the code you use to log in to the network. Your Login ID is your matriculation number.


LRC Level 2 Computer Suite

The LRC Level 2 Computer Suite is the main Computer Suite based at Sighthill.  It contains 160 PCs as well as a variety of other IT equipment.  You can find out more by visiting the Sighthill Computer Suites page.


MFDs (Multi-Functional Devices)

A Multi-Functional Device (MFD) is a machine that can print, copy and scan. These devices have faster print speeds and allow additional functionality such as scan to email and USB, they also facilitate document enlargement and reduction, duplex printing and stapling.  Find out more on the MFD page.



Moodle is the University's Virtual Learning Environment to support learning, teaching and assessment.   Further information can be found on the Moodle page



myNapier is the Edinburgh Napier University Student Portal - it's the online gateway to all your electronic resources.  Within the University the Portal can be accessed by opening Internet Explorer on any PC.  Outside the University you need to go to: 


Nimweb (also termed Students Record Online)

Nimweb is the online student records system.  You can use this to access your personal and programme details including online matriculation (returning students) and examination results. Access via the Personal Record link on the Services section of myNapier.


Novi Survey

The University offers students the use of Novi, a web-based survey application to facilitate the gathering and analysis of data from different audiences, both on and off campus. Find out more...


Office 365

The student email service is Office 365.  Further information can be found on the Email page.

Students also have access to the full MS Office suite of programs for free via their Office 365 account. Find out more...


OneDrive for Business

Every matriculated student has a OneDrive for Busines account.  It is accessed via your Office 365 email account or the OneDrive for Business app and provides a massive 1 Terabyte (TB) of personal storage!  Find out more...


Your password allows you to log in to the network, you should not disclose it to anyone else.  To enable you to reset your password yourself off campus you must enrol for the Password Manager. Further information about your Password and the Password Manager can be found on the Your Password page.


Print Account

Each student is given a printing account when they matriculate.  You credit your printing account online or by using one of the red or blue machines, which can be found in the main campuses. For more information on printing and print charges please refer to the Printing page.


Recall Drive (also termed R drive)

The Recall Drive is an area on the network in which your lecturers can make data available to you.  Your lecturers will advise you how to use this drive.


Student Profile

This contains your personal Internet settings such as Cookies and Favourites as well as your personalised Desktop appearance.  Your profile roams with you so it is on every PC that you log in to within the University.  Your profile is not backed up so you must NOT save files to your desktop.  Further information about your profile can be found on the Desktop Software page.


Wireless Service (also termed WiFi or eduroam)

A Wireless network uses radio signals to transmit and receive data so there is no need for a physical connection. The University's WiFi service is eduroam, to find out more visit the Wireless Service page

Younger Suite

The Younger Suite is the main Computer Suite based at Craiglockhart.  It contains 100 PCs as well as a variety of other IT equipment.  You can find out more about the Younger Suite by visiting the Craiglockhart Computer Suites page. | Edinburgh Napier Mobile App