Information Services

Skype For Business

Skype For Business is a communications platform available to all staff and students allowing instant messaging, audio & video conferences and online meetings.

Important Notices

Microsoft will retire Skype for Business on 31st July 2021 and we strongly recommend that you start using Microsoft Teams now.

Microsoft Teams is available to all staff and students accross campus and supports external meetings too.  It extends beyond the capabilities of Skype for Business for a wider variety of collaboration needs.  The majority of staff and a lot of our students across the University and beyond use it daily for collaborations.   More info about Microsoft Teams


For help choosing the right tool for your type of meeting or event, see our Online and Digital Events Service

The benefits of using Skype For Business

  • Immediately see colleagues' availability status.
  • Instant message with friends and colleagues across the University.
  • Share a whiteboard for brainstorming with your colleagues in real-time.
  • Share an application, desktop, or document on-screen in real-time.
  • Initiate audio or video chats / conferences with online contacts.


How to access Skype For Business

On University-supported Windows desktops:

Skype For Business on Windows 7 (Uni-managed version)


On personal computers or individual University Macs:
  1. Sign in to your Office 365 account with your username in the format and your university password.

  2. Open the user profile menu located at the top-right of the webpage, this may be a profile picture or marked with initials.

  3. Select 'My Accounts' from the listed options.

  4. Click on 'Apps & Devices' on the left-hand-side.
  5. Follow the instructions for installing the software.


User Guides, FAQs and Troubleshooting

Communicating with Skype For Business - a straight-forward guide on the basics of using the service.

Microsoft training videos for Skype For Business

Skype For Business - FAQs and troubleshooting articles


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