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    Getting Started - General Advice

    IT Resources

    The University’s ‘support for research’ web pages will help you to identify all of the IT and computer-related facilities and support available to you as a research student.


    Information Services ‘getting started’ page will help you find your way around all of the library resources you will need during your PhD studies.

    Accessing facilities off-campus

    The University's Graduate School also offers some key pieces of advice for part-time and off-campus postgraduates.

    School Administrative Contact

    If you still can’t find what you need, please don’t hesitate to email Jo Pullen, Student Services Senior Administrator

    Accessing your Email

    All postgraduate research students are entitled to a University email account. Official University communications by email to staff and students are sent to University email accounts.

    To avoid missing important messages, you should check your University email account frequently.

    Students can access their email account using a web browser by visiting the Outlook Web Access page ( and entering their University username and password. 

    For further advice on how to access your emails, including non-Windows and mobile device access, please see the Information Services pages.

    Guides for Part-Time and Off-Campus Researchers

    Here are a number of guides that may be helpful to you if you are not based on campus full-time:

    Finding Material

    Information Services will help you find and access a variety of resources at The University of Nottingham.


    Information for Part-Time Students

    The libraries have produced guides to help part-time students with accessing library resources, such as Copy Scan Direct and postal loans.

    Information for Part-Time Researchers

     Provided by the University's Graduate School, this guide focuses on how to help part-time and distance learners take full advantage of the many training and development opportunities available.

    Part-Time Researchers

    Vitae is an external organisation dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through transforming their professional and career development. They often deliver on-campus training specially for part-time researchers, and also have a lot of material on-line.

    Off-Campus Library Access

    Log in to Student Services using your university username and password, select the library tab and then go to elibrary gateway, to access our online journals and other library e-facilities. 


    The University has licenses for a number of key software programmes (such as SPSS), a number of which are available off-campus for our students. Please refer to the University’s Software Library for a full list of programmes available, and instructions on how to download them:

    Key Applications

    The below links should be accessible from external sources, as well as on campus.


    Web Address


    Student Services

    Access to student services and many further facilities such as library access


    Network filestore

    Further information at

    Password Reset

    Further information about your account


    Home to the School of English research student handbook, Graduate School training resources, etc.

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