Using Salford Systems

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Don't miss out… here is our overview of key resources and services to help you learn effectively online, as well as on campus.

IT Essentials at Salford

Begin with this collection of information and videos on getting connected to some of the IT systems, services and resources at Salford, including Student Hub, Blackboard and Office 365 and its tools.

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Set up multi-factor authentication

When you sign into your University account for the first time, you will be asked to register some additional information to ensure your account is kept safe. It is important to set up multi factor authentication for your account at the earliest opportunity.

  • Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) requires a second form of authentication when logging in to Microsoft Office 365 and its tools, the Student Hub and the Student Portal. It is required when you're accessing your University account from a new device, a new web browser, a new location or you’ve not authenticated for 13 days.
  • Forgot your password? Self-Service Password Reset allows you to reset your password at any time, once you have MFA set up.

Video guides

Key IT services

Many IT services can be accessed via links within the Student Hub.

Student Email - We send our emails to your University email account.

Blackboard - The University of Salford's virtual learning environment (VLE) where you'll find resources for your programmes and modules, including lecture notes and assignment details.

Check in to your academic session - with the JISC Learning Analytics and the Study Goal App. At your teaching sessions, you will be given a unique code to input into the Study Goal app to confirm that your attendance. This is one of the ways the University monitors student engagement to target support to those students who are not engaging and who may need support, so it is important that you do not share the code with others. You can also find ‘Check in…’ via the Student Hub and the Library App.

Collaborate - A web conferencing tool where staff and students can interact in an online environment in real-time. Chat using a headset and see each other using a webcam. Your lectures and tutorials may take place in a virtual classroom and sessions can be recorded by the tutor for later viewing. Watch the Blackboard Collaborate for Students video.

Microsoft Teams for online meetings - This Office 365 tool allows you to communicate and collaborate with others; it combines messaging and chat, storing and sharing files, audio calls and online meetings. Teams makes it easy to meet online with your tutors and with library staff, and to share/present files during an online meeting as a piece of assessed work.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and Password Reset - set up your account with this second form of authentication to access Microsoft Office 365 and its tools, the Student Hub and the Student Portal.

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LinkedIn Learning - High-quality online training for a wide range of topics, from MS Office to more specialist software such as SPSS, AutoCAD and InDesign.

Laptop loans - Find out how you can borrow laptops from the Library for 24 hours and longer.

Access Our Apps Remotely – The Citrix Workspace service allows you to access most University applications using a remote application or browser from your own personal device – Windows and Macs. Tip: use the remote application for a better experience.

Contact Digital IT for IT help with passwords, email, Blackboard and more, by phone: +44 (0)161 295 2444 (Mon-Fri 08:00 - 17:00 GMT) and email: