Materials Printing


The Department of Materials operates a fleet of around 50 networked printers - a mixture of personal printers,  research group shared printers plus some larger departmental printers. In addition there are colour photocopiers available in each building which are also listed as network printers and are typically cheaper to operate than traditional laserprinters.

Which printers can I use?

The colour photocopiers  in each building can be used as printers by all members of department but only via iPrint. Print jobs are released when you authenticate with your university card. Rather than installing each specific photocopier, users are requested to install the followme print queue which can be accessed from all photocopiers.

Research group printers are typically for group members only since each research group pays for the consumables.

Note that some printers are restricted to specific users so you might not be able to install such printers via iPrint. Contact IT support if you think you should have access to a printer which is not allowing you access.

How much does it cost?

The basic charging model is:  A4 £0.05/page;  A3 £0.10/page;  Duplex 25% discount; 

Undergraduates and visitors have annual print quotas of £20/year  and £10/year  respectively. Contact IT staff if your print jobs are  being automatically cancelled due to lack of quota.

Members of staff and postgraduate students are currently unlimted however please be aware that usage is recorded and reviewed termly and cost-recovery from research grants may be implemented in future. Private printing or photocopying is expected to be paid for via Reception.

Overall printer and photocopier usage should be kept to a minimum - see Green IT guidance below.

Printer installation instructions

All printers should be installed via the iPrint system which provides a mechanism for installation of relevant driver to each computer and allows authenticated printing, including printing from outside the department. (direct printing is blocked at the department firewall as being insecure)

  1. Open a webbrowser.  (may need to RunAs Adminstrator if still using InternetExplorer)
  2. Visit 
  3. Scroll down to find the desired printer. (printers are named so that they are listed by building)
    First install the "followme" printer which can print to all departmental photocopiers.
    Second look whether there is a local group printer available for you to install too.
  4. Click on the printer name to automatically install the printer.
  5. First time you click on the printer you may be prompted to download and install the iPrint client after which you will need to restart your web-browser before trying to install the printer again. (Note you may also need to set your browser to allow pop-up windows)
  6. Printing requires authentication using your departmental account credentials, also many printers are restricted to certain users so you may not have permission to install a printer. (If you have forgotten your password please email to request a departmental password reset)
  7. Report any print/photocopy problems to IT staff via 


Green IT Guidelines

The department is keen to reduce the amount printing in order to save money and reduce waste.  
Thousands of pounds are spent on toners each year - please try to do you bit to reduce usage.


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  • do you really need to print to paper? 
    save paper by reading electronic copy
  • always print double-sidedset printers to default to duplex and save paper
  • avoid using colour where possible
    colour costs several times more black&white
  • send jobs to photocopiers rather than printers
    photocopiers use lower cost toners