Videoconferencing at Cardiff University
Videoconferencing allows face-to-face dialogue, as well as live presentations, between groups of people at two or more locations. By connecting to other studios in the UK and worldwide, members of the University may take part in remote learning and teaching or other collaborative work, with colleagues in other institutions.
The University has two studios, which are part of the Welsh Video Network (WVN):
- The Railway Room - 51 Park Place, Cathays Park Campus. (Please note, there is no wheelchair access to the Railway Room.)
- The Videoconference Room - Room 1:20, Ty Dewi Sant, Heath Park Campus. (Please note, wheelchair access is available at this facility.)
Both studios are able to videoconference using IP and / or ISDN6 and are equipped with:
- Interactive whiteboard
- Data projector
- Document camera
- Data-sharing PC
- Video/DVD player
About the WVN
The WVN is one of the most advanced videoconferencing networks in the world, linking together all Further Education and Higher Education institutions throughout Wales. A range of information is available on the WVN web site, including a selection of guides about using the equipment.
Booking the Studios
The Videoconferencing Studios are available for use by all Departments, Divisions and Schools of Cardiff University and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. The facilities are not available for hire to external organisations.
Videoconferencing facilities are also available on the Heath Park Campus where there is a small studio on the 4th Floor of the Dental School. The Norman Whitehouse Lecture Theatre and the Large Lecture Theatre in the Dental School are also equipped for videoconferencing (but these venues must be booked via central room bookings).
Joining a videoconference with a webcam / laptop setup is simplicity itself with a videoconferencing feature available from JANET.
To participate in a booked videoconference all you need is a desktop or laptop (Windows only) and a webcam and headset with microphone.
To quickly download and test use Desktop Check
For those wishing to join a videoconference:
You will need to contact the person organising the videoconference, provide your contact details and request that you be invited as a guest. Once the organiser has booked the videoconference and included you as a guest, you will receive an email with a link to a small piece of software you will need to download (only once) and a link to join the conference itself at the appropriate time.
JVCS Desktop Guide
For details on how to use this feature see: Videoconferencing with JVCS Desktop
Recording a Conference
Video conferences can now be recorded. You will need to ask for this at time of booking and fill in the
and send it to the e-mail below.