Access Control

For information about getting your UCard, or instructions about how to use your card for the first time, or any card related issues please visit

The UCard access control system has introduced a flexible ‘smart’ card which allows for additional functions to be added in future, such as cashless catering, IT access for example. 

If you believe a fault has occurred with a card reader, green break-glass 'emergency door release' device or any of the locking devices or wiring connected to it, please visit the maintenance problems page.

Card functions

Your UCard not only provides you with access to buildings, it also acts as an ID card for showing at some reception points and also allows you to borrow books.

Other functions under active consideration are:

If you do not seem to be able to gain access to a door or building you previously had access to, either on issue of your new card or after reader migration, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section for what to do next.