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
  • Print and copy across campus

You should also make sure you stay safe and secure by reading our guide to accounts, passwords and security.

Online learning 

Find out how best to engage with online lectures and seminars using our ABC of Digital Teaching and Learning which lists all the online learning tools you can use. 

This short course helps you become a confident online learner, helping you work out the best tools and strategies for your online learning. It takes 2 hours per week for 3 weeks and is free to join.

Use this table to find out where you can learn online on campus.

Browsers

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.

Blackboard 

All of your course information, including learning materials, reading lists and announcements, is available on Blackboard (video 2:20). 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.

PebblePad 

Some courses use PebblePad (video 2:31), 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.

Some lectures and seminars will be delivered online using Collaborate (video 2:13), 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 are expected to 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.

Get help 

The TEL team can help with issues around any of the University’s online learning tools. 

Contact IT by phone, online helpdesk, or live chat with any other queries.