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Supporting remote working with digital tools

Posted on 1 April 2020

If you are working from home for the first time, the University is providing support for you to learn more about the digital tools that are available.


Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool that allows users to conduct virtual meetings through audio, video and chat.

Zoom is an industry standard, and offers many advanced features. While the University already offers Blackboard Collaborate for teaching use, Zoom could help facilitate other conferencing needs you may have.

Phil Bainbridge from the Information Services Teaching and Learning team will be running a remote demonstration session on Tuesday 7 April, 10-11am, to provide an overview of the Zoom video-conferencing tool and how it can support remote meetings. Further details/sign-up.

Find out more about using Zoom.


Slack is a chat room that allows you to communicate with your different teams and groups by channel. You can also use it for private messages, and you can share files and information. 

Read a practical guide to using Slack

Phil will be running a remote demonstration session to provide an overview of Slack, its benefits and how it can support collaborative working. It's on Monday 6 April, 10-11am. Further details/sign-up.

Using the VPN - a new feature to improve performance

IT Services have added a new option to the VPN called ‘split tunnelling’. With this option only your connections to University services go through the VPN. This improves the performance of external services (especially for conferencing with Zoom and Circuit). Find out more.

  • You can find more information on the COVID-19 working from home webpages.