IT for study
IT’s study anywhere webpages help you get to grips with the basics including how to:
- Get wifi on campus and in halls
- Get help with buying a device, from choosing the right one, to how you can access funds to help you buy it
- Borrow university devices
- Make the most of your access to Office 365, including Teams and OneDrive
- Get free and discounted software to help with your studies
- Use remote labs to access specialist course software
- Book a PC on campus
- Print and copy across campus
Make sure you stay safe and secure by reading our guide to accounts, passwords and security.
Alongside your sessions on campus, some lectures or seminars may be delivered online, an approach known as blended learning. Find out how best to engage with digital learning using our ABC of Digital Teaching and Learning which lists the tools you can use.
This short course helps you become a confident learner, helping you work out the best tools and strategies for blended learning. It takes 3 hours per week for 3 weeks and is free to join.
Use this table to find out where you can log in and study on campus.
University systems work best using either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. You can download these for free.
We don’t support Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari and Microsoft Edge and you’ll find that some online learning systems won’t work reliably if you use them.
All of your course information, including learning materials, reading lists and announcements, is available on Blackboard (video 3:23). This is our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and can be found in MyDay, the student portal.
You should check Blackboard regularly for course announcements and other important information.
Some courses use PebblePad (video 2:32), an e-portfolio system. It’s used for recording personal and continuing professional development activities
Blended learning and Blackboard Collaborate
Lots of your teaching will be face-to-face in lectures, seminars, and other learning activities.
If your lecturers are using blended learning some lectures will use Collaborate (video 2:13). This is our online classroom, which you can access through Blackboard.
You will need to think about how you can learn best in an online classroom and how you will participate.
Sometimes your lectures might be recorded as videos for you to watch (and re-watch) in your own time. Think about what you need to do before, during and after watching the get the most from these.
The TEL team can help with issues around any of the University’s learning tools.
Contact IT by phone, online helpdesk, or live chat with any other queries.