Hi, Woo cannot be compiled without Python. It is possible to compile it with both python2.x and >=python3.4. If you use non-default python or python3, pass PYTHON=... to scons (scons always runs with the default python2). If you are in a virtual environment, follow https://woodem.org/user/installation.html#virtual-environment
(replace bzr links with git, the rest should be fine). Have some Linux expert help you, it is not hard.
I assume you use CentOS (you mentioned that elsewhere), which unfortunately often has outdated compiler and other things; use it as an argument to push your network admins at Imperial to upgrade.
PS please delete the previous questions if you don't need the anwers anymore, or follow-up on them. Stale incomplete questions only make the forum less useful for other people.