This article contains information for University staff only. 

Please note:  IT Training no longer offer classroom led training.  The Department of Student & Academic Administration (DSAA) have now produced online training which can be accessed here.    



Course title:

Discoverer Desktop

Course code:


Course duration:

1 hour

Course aims:

To provide the user with a functional understanding of Discoverer Desktop, the reporting tool for Admissions Plus and Student Records, and the process for reporting.

Course pre-requisites

A general appreciation of the Data Protection Act 1988, and an understanding of the role that Admissions and/or Student Records will take in the user's working environment.

Course objectives

By the end of the course the user should be:

  1. Able to access, navigate and exit Discoverer Desktop.
  2. Be familiar with the differences between Workbooks and Worksheets.
  3. Be aware of the different Alert Messages and their meanings.
  4. Competent in populating Parameter fields whilst using Wildcards, Quotation Marks and Drop Down options.
  5. Competent in exporting data to Excel for further manipulation.
  6. Able to use Functions once the Worksheet has been run, i.e.
    • Filter data
    • Sort and group data
    • Refresh to re-run a Worksheet
    • Setting column widths to ensure all data is visible once the Worksheet is printed

Booking procedure

To view our scheduled events please see the IT Training Schedule.

If you have any special requirements associated with your attendance at this event, please contact IT Training as soon as possible, so we can make appropriate arrangements.


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