IT workshops for new students

In the next few weeks, we have organised a few IT workshops, demos and presentations to help new students become familiar with some of our key services. These will focus on printing, cyber security and using computer applications for your studies.
No booking is required but seating may be limited.

How to use Apps Anywhere (our application management service)
A short demonstration on Apps Anywhere plus time for Q&A
Wednesday 13th September 2017, Arts Lecture Theatre, 11am
Thursday 21st September 2017, Maths Theatre B, 1.15pm

How to stay safe online
A 30-minute presentation by their IT Security team plus 15 minutes of Q&A
Monday 25th September 2017, Arts Lecture Theatre, 1pm
Wednesday 4th October 2017, Maths Theatre C, 2pm

How to use UniPrint
A 30-minute demo session on printing, copying and scanning
Wednesday 27th September 2017, Main Library, 2pm; 2.45pm; 3.30pm
Thursday 12th October 2017, Main Library, 11.30am; 12.15pm; 1pm

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IT Security Advice

As we have started a new Academic Year, a security reminder which we hope will help protect you, your colleagues and the University.

Universities are particularly appealing targets for hackers and phishing attempts designed to steal personal data and passwords, particularly because of the sheer number of personal records in our open, collaborative environment, which we very much value.

More and more high profile data breaches are reaching the news headlines, with the latest one reporting that 700 million email addresses have been publicly leaked. Although there is no direct threat to the University, it’s worth checking that you are doing what you can to keep yourself secure online:

  • Create strong passwords: The password web pages provide guidance on how to create unique and memorable passwords to make you less vulnerable to cyber threats;
  • Do not use your University username or password for any other accounts, e.g. social media;
  • Be vigilant for scams and phishing emails: e.g. do not click on links from suspicious emails. If you are unsure about an email you receive, please forward it to to bring it to the attention of our IT Security team (please ensure any attachments are included);
  • Familiarise yourself with the IT security advice on the University’s web pages.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the IT Service Desk in the first instance.

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What teams can learn from World of Warcraft – talk by Alex Schladebeck

We’re looking forward to welcoming Alex Schladebeck to St Andrews later this month to talk about “how is killing monsters in a fantasy world like working on a team”.

Alex Schladebeck is a team leader, consultant, software tester, product owner and Head of Software Quality and Test Consulting at BREDEX GmbH. Alex spends her time coaching testers and developers, consulting customers and helping development teams to improve their quality. Her talk will focus on the parallels between WoW and real teams, why achieving goals in the fantasy world works so well, why it doesn’t always work well in real life and what we could do to change that.

Her talk will focus on the parallels between WoW and real teams, why achieving goals in the fantasy world works so well, why it doesn’t always work well in real life and what we could do to change that.

The event is open to all students and staff and will take place in Parliament Hall on Friday 29th September 2017 at 10:30.

Seating is limited, therefore please advise if you do wish to join us by emailing Sian Robinson –


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IT Support during Arrival Weekend

On Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th September, IT help will be available from 10:00 – 18:00 in the following areas:

  • Main Library IT Help Point
  • Agnes Blackadder Hall
  • Albany Park
  • David Russell Apartments
  • John Burnet Hall
  • McIntosh Hall
  • St Regulus Hall
  • St Salvator’s Hall
  • University Hall

Make sure you fill in one of our feedback cards, to be in with a chance to win a £25 Tesco voucher!

If you are staying in Halls (and have already uploaded a photo) your ID Card will be ready for you in your Hall when you arrive. If you are new to St Andrews and staying in private accommodation, you can collect your ID card from the Gateway Building from Saturday 9th September until Thursday 14th September (09:00 – 17:00).

IT Services website:

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Office 365 Groups

In the Microsoft Office 365 suite, University students and staff can create Groups. When creating a Group, the default visibility is set to public, but you will have the option to make this a private group at this point.

Please be aware that content in a public Group can be seen by anybody in the University and anybody in the University can join the Group. Content in a private group can only be seen by members of the group and people who want to join have to be approved by the Group owner/admin.

If you do wish to change from public to private (or vice versa), a guide of how to do this can be found at

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