Welcome to the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health! As a student in our faculty, we want you to know about all of our online services, software and facilities that you will need to complete your degree. Below you can learn about the computing facilities you have at your finger tips while you are a student with us.

Please note that some areas of our faculty deliver this content as part of Welcome Week activities. If you happen to be a part of a programme or area that is indicated on the following list, please instead follow the link to your personally delievered content (if you are not listed, please go to Section 1 below to start):

Section 1: IT Services Supported Software and Information

Our IT Services department has a wide range of systems that you will use on a daily basis. This section will introduce you to these systems so that you can find them when you need them. This section covers where to find information on IT services and the tools that are provided for all students, including:

  • Your IT account including account and password recovery.
  • Email
  • Accessing PCs on campus and remotely.
  • Connecting to Wifi and VPN
  • Office 365
  • Printing and Scanning

Click to view captions/alternate information: passwords here and backups here.

Additional Top Tips

  • If you are working off campus make sure to look at IT Services information on Virtual Private Networks (VPN) to allow you to get access to information that is usually available only on campus.
  • Accessing Library resources remotely can be much easier with a few small tweaks to your internet browser; find information here.
  • If you need IT Support, return to IT Services Web Page and choose “Help and Support”

Section 2: How to find information relevant to you from across the university

Finance, Careers, Sports, Counselling, Disability support, Correspondence, Lectures…. The list of information that you may need while studying with us is extensive, so we have created the following video which will guide you through how to find the information you need, when you need it. This section is broadly split into 3 sections: My Manchester, Email and Blackboard. The video below explains more.

Additional Top Tips

  • Keep an eye on My Manchester and your email account regularly for up to date information on campus, including information surrounding Covid-19.
  • Take an hour to review everything available to you in My Manchester.

Section 3: University wide tools for online learning

Now that you know that your online and other learning resources are primarily delivered to you via Blackboard, this next section gives you a tour of the system, so that you can find your way around. This section won’t cover everything, but will be enough to get you started with both Blackboard and the other tools that you will encounter often in your studies this year.

Additional Top Tips

  • Find yourself a nice image or two that you may wish to use in online meetings in some services like Zoom or Teams, to allow you more privacy at home.
  • When completing online assessments or assignment submissions in Blackboard, you have the opportunity to “save as draft” and return later. If you decide to do this, make sure you remember to return and click “Submit” or no work will be submitted!
  • When completing uploads of essays into TurnItIn, always take a copy of your Submission ID while you are submitting, rather than waiting for an email.
  • If you have a Technical Problem with a Blackboard course, click “Technical Support” in the left hand menu and follow the instructions to get help.