For some time now, staff and students at the University have been asking for cloud-based solutions. We are really excited to let you know that the first stage and preparation of future services is expected to be deployed in the coming weeks when email, calendar and contacts will move to Office 365.

What this first stage means for you:

Currently everyone's emails, calendar and contacts are managed at the University on large servers. When we move to Office 365, your e-mail, calendar and contacts will be hosted on Microsoft Office 365 Servers.

We will be updating this blog with further information soon but for now, here's some of the benefits you'll be getting:

  • Anytime, anywhere access to your University email
  • You can continue to use Outlook desktop client for Windows & Mac, and continues to work with iOS and Android email clients.
  • 50GB of mailbox storage
  • Emails up to 25MB in size
  • High reliability & availability of University email
  • Improved security
  • Mobile responsive web-based access
  • The ability to share directly from Exchange Online to OneDrive for Business (coming soon)
  • Consolidated personal calendars, making it easier to schedule meetings
  • Group calendars to help teams work together
  • Focused email inbox for those most important emails

Over the next two weeks we be piloting this change within Computing Services.

During this time you may notice the following message appear in Outlook:

Pop-up asking users to re-start Outlook.
Pop-up asking users to re-start Outlook.

If you see this, it is most likely that a user who you have some form of mailbox access for has been migrated to Office 365. All you need to do is close and re-open Outlook.

You may also be prompted for credentials once you re-open Outlook. If so, simply enter your username e.g. followed by your password.

If you still experience problems, please contact the IT Help Team, who can advise you.




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