Skype is a domestic alternative to video conferencing and is not compatible with video conference units such as those in Market Square, BS/007 etc.
Skype can be used from a campus pc but you may need to speak to your DCO or IT services about installation of the software. You will need a USB webcam for this which we can provide if required. Alternatively many laptops have a built in webcam and microphone.
Skype can be a great tool for 1:1 meetings or for groups of two or three. As the number of participants increases, the camera and microphone and screen will get moved further and further from the participants affecting the quality of the call. It is highly unlikely that you will be able to view more than 4 participants on the screen in a Skype call.
We recommend that where Skype must be used that the equipment is set up and tested in advance using the Echo / Sound Test service. Where possible a wired internet connection should also be used in preference to wi-fi for increased reliability.