What is Audacity?


I’ve seen a new programme installed on my computer called audacity.  It looks great, what is it?



Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder.

You can use audacity to:

  • Record live audio – for broadcast as a podcast for example
  • Using additional equipment you can convert other media into digital recordings or CDs
  • You can edit pre-recorded sound files
  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together
  • Change the speed or pitch of a recording

See the complete list of features 

For help, see Frequently Asked Questions or the following resources:

Documentation – Read the user manual and quick reference

See the Audacity Wiki, which is an extensive user-editable help resource including:

  • Tutorials – step-by-step guides on performing common tasks in Audacity, such as making ringtones, removing vocals, mixing, creating podcasts and transferring tapes and records to computer
  • Tips – these articles will help you work with and understand Audacity and audio hardware
  • Audacity can be used to create podcasts, these can then be added to the University Media Library for viewing, conversion, embedding and storing.

Please contact 3800@staffs.ac.uk for any further advice or help


Are electronic cigarettes allowed?


Are electronic cigarettes, as used by people trying to give up smoking, covered by the University no – smoking policy?

They are advertised as being exempt from the government no-smoking laws.



Electronic cigarettes are used by some people as an alternative to a conventional cigarette and also to aid smoking cessation. Whilst there are no reported passive smoking effects or smoke/odour associated with the use of these devices, they do look very much like a conventional cigarette with a glowing tip.

For this reason, the use of these devices in buildings or within 5 metres of entrances and open windows is prohibited. The concern is that use of these devices may lead other staff and students to think that smoking is generally permitted, and will hamper staff trying to enforce the Smoke-free (Premises and Enforcement) Regulations 2006.