Information for staff

Find information on how to access the our IT services from home including connecting to the University network, accessing your emails and workplace computer, and using Moodle to support students.

Computing facilities

Make sure you can access the University's IT services from home before any bad weather strikes.

Remember that any closure or impact on our services will cause considerable anxiety amongst our students and staff and may inconvenience other business contacts. Staff working from home must be available by phone, email and Moodle to support their school, department and, in particular, our students.

To connect to the University network all you need is a PC or laptop with an internet connection. Read our Guidance on connecting to University IT services. Note that, depending on your needs, this may require you to make some small changes on your work desktop computer. You should make sure you do this before you are stuck at home due to bad weather. 

The guidance will show you how to:

  • Divert your work phone 
  • Access the Virtual Desktop Service
  • Create a remote desktop on your own office PC allowing you to access services as you would if you were in the office (e.g. your email client, your network drives, your networked and local applications) – staff no longer need to register to use the service. 
  • Access your emails 
  • Access your H or S drive 
  • Login to the student portal, intranet, My Workplace and Sharepoint team sites.

Use of Moodle to support students

Maximum use should be made of Moodle to support revision and assessment if bad weather strikes near to examinations and assessments. In particular, all academic staff should seek to ensure that all lecture notes, learning and revision materials are available in Moodle. Specifically, academic staff should review the material on Moodle for their modules and ensure that material and guidance to support revision is there to support students.

Staff may wish to provide additional revision topics/questions/prompts for discussions or activities around each lecture, seminar or tutorial so that it's possible for the group to engage with the material.