The University's Skills team offer staff, students, and partner students support, advice, and training on the areas outlined below.
Sessions will be advertised throughout the year via student emails.
There is an online calendar highlighting the IT Skills trainer's training dates.
Word processing - Guides/Tutorials
We support: Microsoft Word 2016
Software features: Microsoft Word 2016 and Word online are available for all students at the University as part of our Microsoft Office 365 licence.
Microsoft Word 2016 offers inbuilt text to speech functionality
Email and calendar
We support: Microsoft Outlook and Office 365 portal
Software features: Microsoft Outlook is a personal information manager from Microsoft, available as a part of the Microsoft Office suite. Although often used mainly as an email application, it also includes a calendar, task manager, contact manager, note taking, journal, and web browsing.
Presentation delivering software - Guides/Tutorials
We support: Microsoft PowerPoint
Software features: a software package designed to create electronic presentations consisting of a series of separate pages or slides.
Note taking / assignment planning
We support: Microsoft OneNote
Software features: Microsoft OneNote is a computer program for free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration. It gathers users' notes (handwritten or typed), drawings, screen clippings and audio commentaries. Notes can be shared with other OneNote users over the Internet or a network.
Spreadsheet and data manipulation - Guides/Tutorials
We support: Microsoft Excel
Software features: Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program included in the Microsoft Office suite of applications. Spreadsheets present tables of values arranged in rows and columns that can be manipulated mathematically using both basic and complex arithmetic operations and functions.
Mind mapping - spider diagrams
We support: Inspiration 9
Software features: for visual mapping, outlining, writing and making presentations, use Inspiration 9. Brainstorm ideas, structure your thoughts and visually communicate concepts to strengthen understanding with the Diagram and Map Views. To take notes, organize information, and structure writing for plans, papers and reports, use the integrated Outline View to focus on main and supporting ideas and to clarify thinking in written form. With Inspiration's Presentation Manager, transform your diagrams, mind maps and outlines into polished presentations that communicate ideas clearly and demonstrate understanding and knowledge.
Cloud storage / file sharing
We support: OneDrive
Software features: a file hosting service that allows users to sync files and later access them from a web browser or mobile device.
Video recording / lecture recording
We support: ChiPlayer (Panopto)
Software features: video hosting site that allows you simultaneously steam two time-synced videos streams, embeddable and Moodle friendly. The video platform for training, teaching, and presenting. Panopto makes it easy to record video presentations, manage your existing video files, and stream your video content to any device.
Instant messaging and calling and remote support
We support: Skype for Business
Software features: Skype for Business, formerly known as Microsoft Lync, is a unified communications (UC) platform that integrates common channels of business communication including instant messaging (IM), VoIP (voice over IP), file transfer, web conferencing, voicemail and email.
We support: Microsoft Edge / Google Chrome / Safari
Software features: a computer program with a graphical user interface for displaying HTML files, used to navigate the World Wide Web
Screen magnifier and screen reader
We support: Read & Write: Texthelp
Software features: ReadWrite is a screen reader, as well as providing vocabulary and research tools.
File converter, file simplifier and alternate media solution
We support: SensusAccess
Software features: SensusAccess is a self-service, alternate media solution for educational institutions. SensusAccess allows anyone to automatically convert documents into a range of alternate media including audio books (MP3 and DAISY), e-books (EPUB, EPUB3 and Mobi) and digital Braille. The service can also be used to convert inaccessible documents such as image-only PDF files, JPG pictures and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into more accessible and less tricky formats. We call that Inclusion Technology.