This article explains how students can get access to University IT services from a personal device (e.g. Windows PC, Mac, tablet, Smart Phone) when working away from the University campus.

University students can continue to access key IT services when working away from the University campus and using their personal devices.

Note: The University ICT Acceptable Use Policy applies to University ICT facilities accessed remotely or on campus.

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:

Service Type


Work Anywhere Access

University Mail and Calendar

Google Mail

Google Calendar

Web-based **

Teaching and Learning systems

via installed application (e.g. Endnote X6 Desktop)

Not supported

via web-clients through a browser 
(e.g. Moodle, AppShelf, EndNote Basic)

VPN or

Web-based **

University Web sites

websites normally only accessible when on campus


Shared Storage

Google Drive

Web-based **

N, K and other shared drives

VPN + Drive Mapping


to University networked devices

Web print (

Software installation

CloudPaging Player

Free Microsoft and VMWare software


Web-based **

 Other University systems will typically be accessible through the use of VPN.


These IT Help articles provide instruction for installing VPN software:

N & K Drive mapping

These IT Help articles provide instruction for accessing N and K drives:

Web-based services

These IT Help articles provide information about some of the web-based University services:

Web Proxy 

A web proxy allows you to browse the Internet as if you were on campus, giving you easy access to online web resources.
Web proxy is no longer the recommended Work Anywhere solution for accessing websites as if you are on campus - Virtual Private Networking (VPN) provides a more comprehensive solution for remote access to University systems and websites (see above).

If you are unable to install VPN on the machine you are using the articles below explain how to setup Web Proxy for your prefered browser:

Computer security

The following resources are available for protecting your personal device :

* 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.

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