This article contains information for University staff only.
This article explains how members of staff can get access to University IT services from a standard-build laptop (Windows or Mac) when temporarily working away from the University campus. A standard University-build laptop (Windows or Mac) which is regularly used on-campus can be used to access all of the University’s IT systems when working away from the University.
Some University IT services can be accessed when away from the University without the need for additional software.
VPN*software provides a secure network connection from the device to the University campus network using an internet connection for IT services which would otherwise require the user to be on-campus.
The University recommends complying with the local law when accessing services outside of the United Kingdom.
This table indicates the requirements for accessing University IT systems:
Other University systems will typically be accessible through the use of VPN.
These IT Help articles provide instruction for installing VPN software on University laptops:
Note: The Information Security Advisory on ‘University Supplied Portable Devices' sets out the actions that must be taken by all University of Portsmouth staff or students who use a University-issued portable device such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet.
* Virtual Private Network
** Web-based applications can be used from any device with internet access via any internet connection and do not require a VPN connection.
*** Some websites and web-based applications provide alternative methods of remote access which do not require VPN. VPN will provide the same function as when working on-campus.