BlueBEAR Registration

There are two steps to gaining access to BlueBEAR: 1) being associated with a registered project; and 2) requesting activation of your account. These steps are distinct since it is common for a project owner, who has to be a member of staff, not to have an account on BlueBEAR, but for the students or postdocs working on the project to do so.

Registering a Project

Registering a project is described on the help page for project & user registration.

External funding is not a requirement for access to this service; unfunded research projects are also welcome. It is essential for IT Services to gather information about the range of research that benefits from the service and hence make the case to the University for sustained funding in this service, and hence all research projects, funded or unfunded, need to be registered on the service. Projects can only be registered by a member of staff, who may associate other staff members or research students with their project in the People to be associated with this project input box. Projects must not be requested on behalf of another member of the University, be they staff or students; the person submitting the request must be a member of staff and will be the project owner.

Registering a BlueBEAR project does not imply any storage being allocated on the Reseach Data Store for the project, but these can be requested at the same time.

Specifying usernames on a project does not lead to these users accounts being activated; all users, including the project owner, need to request account activation. This is described in the following section.

Activating an account for BlueBEAR

Before requesting activation of your account, you must first be linked to a BEAR project that has access to the BlueBEAR service. To request account activation, login to Catalog/Service Desk: https://universityofbirmingham.service-now.com/

  1. Select “Make request".
  2. Go to the section: “Advanced Research Computing Service”.
  3. Click on "BEAR User Account Options".
  4. Select “Activate BEAR Linux Account”
  5. Click on  “Submit”

Access to Specialist BlueBEAR Resources

There are additional specialist resources available on BlueBEAR:

To request access to these services please file open a Service Desk ticket under 'Other BEAR Request'.

User Guidelines

There are User Guidelines describing the service that we offer and also the responsibilities of users of the system. All current and prospective users are urged to read these.


Last modified: 4 June 2019