The HECToR Service is now closed and has been superceded by ARCHER.


HECToR training courses are provided free of charge to HECToR users and UK academics whose work falls under the remit of one of the funding research councils (EPSRC, NERC and BBSRC), this is most academic HPC users. Below is a description of these Research Councils, and the subject areas they cover.

Other people, including those from commercial organisations, may attend on payment of a course fee; please [Email address deleted] us for more details. If a course is over-subscribed then priority will be given to HECToR users, although NAG will do its best to re-run the course on another date to ensure that everybody who wants to can attend.

If you are unsure as to your eligibility please consult your supervisor/PI or [Email address deleted].


The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) supports research into engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry, materials science, information and communications technologies. So for example, if you are a mathematics research student at a UK university, you are eligible for a free HECToR course, because you fall under the remit of EPSRC, regardless of whether you are funded by them or not.


The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funds research in the environmental sciences, covering atmospheric, earth, terrestrial and aquatic sciences.


The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is engaged in the understanding of biological systems, which includes animal sciences, biochemistry, biomolecular science, the study of genes, plant and microbial sciences.