BEAR User Groups


The BEAR User Group aims to bring BEAR users together to maximise the experience through:

    • Drawing users together
    • Sharing user experience
    • Identifying problems and raising any concerns with IT Services
    • Proposing further development of software and hardware including licensing issues
    • Supporting University initiatives in relevant areas

The BEAR User Group organise 2 key events to bring users and IT Services together:

The User Group has special-interest subgroups to act as a focus of discussion and self-help for users of specific applications, languages and/or disciplines.

The current groups include:

Interested in setting up your own Special Interest Group?

If you are using an aspect of the BEAR services you are probably not alone. Setting up a Special Interest Group is a good way of getting and receiving peer group support, often from people outside of your research area. Any BEAR-related service is a candidate for a SIG, and could include:

  • Application specific groups, such as Abaqus (finite-element structural analysis) or Ansys CFX and Fluent (computational fluid dynamics)
  • Domain specific groups such as *Omics with specialist resources such as Galaxy and GATK
  • Programming languages, including parallel code development

Offers to help in or lead any of these subgroups would be welcomed by the BEAR User Group Chair, Dr. Liza Jabbour (Department of Management) (

Interested in becoming a BEAR User Representative?

User Group Representatives provide an important feedback route to the Research Computing Management Group and BEAR team. They represent the interests of users from various areas, typically but not necessarily one from each School, and help us to prioritise developments to the service by identifying areas of commmon concern. Offers to act as a User Representative are welcomed by Dr. Liza Jabbour (


Last modified: 23 August 2018