Updates: MyBeckett, Student Email and Microsoft Office.

Hello all! We hope you are all looking forward to the start of a new academic year, those of you who are returning or starting this September.

There have been some changes over Summer. MyBeckett now has a new look log in page and has renamed some of the tabs. IT Support is now IT; Employability is Opportunities and Help is Support.

The biggest change is to your University email. From 7th September (today!) your University email will change from one provided by Google (gmail) to a new Microsoft Outlook email. You can access your new Microsoft email account here and via MyBeckett. Your email address and password remains the same. There’s a handy guide here, if you are having trouble.


Returning students, don’t panic!

  • You still have all of your content (including contacts and email categories), we have moved it to Outlook for you.
  • You can still access Google Drive. This is accessed here using your University email address and pass word or via MyBeckett.
  • You can still access your old Gmail account here until 15 December 2017

Just a quick reminder….

Did you know, as a Leeds Beckett University student you can access Microsoft Office 365 for free?

This includes:

  • Full versions of Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, OneNote) on up to 5 Windows and Mac PCs
  • Unlimited access to the online and mobile app versions of Microsoft Office, Sway and Forms
  • Up to 1TB of cloud storage on OneDrive
  • Access to your University email address with 50GB of mailbox storage

You can download Microsoft Office 365 in the IT tab, in MyBeckett. We have a helpful online guide, to help you do this.

Microsoft Office 365

Our IT Support pages include information about downloading the software, systems requirements and frequently asked questions. You can also contact us if you need more help.


Those last few days of summer………..

We hope you’ve all had a fantastic summer, including a great Bank Holiday weekend, and that you’re now gearing up for the new term ahead.

For those of you starting your course, welcome to Leeds Beckett University, and welcome to Offsite, Leeds Beckett Library’s service to support distance learners in their use of the Library. Why not checkout our webpages?

We’re looking forward to helping you in your studies and will be keeping you up-to-date with all things Library.

And if you ever need any help, please do contact Offsite. You can also contact the Library 24/7 for support and information on MyBeckett, the Library and any IT questions (including password resets).

Here’s hoping you have a great time at uni, we’d love to hear from you!

Some Library updates

My Beckett upgrade

Some of you may have heard that MyBeckett was due to be upgraded this week, from Monday 31st July. This upgrade is now postponed until January. We’ll update you nearer the time.

Turnitin downtime

Turnitin will be having some downtime for upgrading on Saturday 5th August, from 3pm to 9pm.

Library closures 6th August and 27th August

If you’re planning to visit the Library in person any time, then there are two important dates to remember:

  • Sunday 6 August – 6am to 1pm Headingley Library closed. Sheila Silver Library open.
  • Sunday 27 August – 6am to 1pm Sheila Silver Library, City Campus closed. Headingley Library open

We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience that these updates may cause.

Don’t forget the Library website always gives you access to over 140,000 quality online resources, you can contact the Library 24/7 for support and information with MyBeckett, Library and IT (including password resets) and the Offsite team are also here to help throughout the summer.

Hope you’re having a relaxing summer, from all in the Offsite team!

MyBeckett Upgrade!

MyBeckett will be unavailable 22:00 Monday 31st July – 17.00 Friday 4th August due to the annual MyBeckett upgrade.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this essential downtime period. Thank you.

If you have any questions please contact the Offsite team who will be happy to help you.

We will keep you up to date and if you haven’t already joined the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community please come and join us – you will find updates, information, guidance, hints and tips and more.

Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community is a place for all Leeds Beckett distance learning students, across all courses, to chat to each other and to ask questions to the Distance Learning Unit.

Sign up here to become part of the community.


Graduating this year?

If you are graduating this summer, congratulations!  We know it’s a busy time of year as you finish your assignments or dissertations and prepare for exams, but if you’re graduating this year please see the list below. It gives you lots of useful information and reminds you about a few things you need to do before you graduate:

  • Your MyBeckett, student email account and associated apps and P:drive (webfiles) will remain active until 30 September 2017.  Back up any files you’ll need and transfer all emails and contacts to an alternative account before then.
  • You can use Google Takeout to transfer docs, calendars and YouTube videos.  See the Alumni tab in MyBeckett for more information.
  • You need to return all your books and pay any outstanding charges by 30th June.  If you think you have lost your books please Contact Us as soon as possible.
  • Make sure your personal data is up-to-date so you receive any final communications from us and your certificate if you can’t attend your graduation ceremony.

Best of luck with your assignments and exams – if you need any help from your friendly Offsite team – please don’t hesitate to contact us.

MyBeckett Support

Need support using MyBeckett.  Check out the range of information and help available to you.

From the Library website click on the MyBeckett Support button on the right hand side of the web page:













You can view help on a variety of topics including:

  • MyBeckett
  • Turnitin
  • Resource List
  • Google Apps

Just click on the tab relating to the subject information you require to find a detailed list of guides and videos to support you.


If you have any questions the Offsite team are here to help.


And why not come and join us on the Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community – you will find updates, information, guidance, hints and tips and more.

Leeds Beckett Distance Learning Community is a place for all Leeds Beckett distance learning students, across all courses, to chat to each other and to ask questions to the Distance Learning Unit.

Sign up here to become part of the community.


Welcome to Semester One!

DSC_0099Welcome to Semester One of the 2016/17 academic year, which started this week. The Offsite team has already been contacted by lots of distance learners, both those beginning their studies just now, and those returning after the summer break. It’s great to hear from all of you.

Many of you will be busy looking for resources for your studies – don’t worry, the Offsite team and all Leeds Beckett Library staff are here to help you! Here’s a few snippets that you might find helpful:

  • MyBeckett – this is the university’s virtual learning environment where you will be able to accessmybeckett-screenshot online course materials, online assessments, your student email, the Library and much, much more! Remember that the sign-on system is slightly different this year, with students logging in via the single sign-on option. Why not take a look at our information on accessing MyBeckett. If you have any difficulties in logging on, please contact us. You can also phone the Library 24/7 for a password reset.
  • Discover – this is the Library’s search engine, which searches over 90% of resources available from Leeds Beckett Library. Please check out the Discover pages on the Library website for help in using Discover.
  • Subject Support – each course has an assigned Academic Librarian who liaises cloSubject Guidessely with course teams and who specialises in resources for their subject area. The Subject Support pages  give contact details of all the Academic Librarians. If you are ever in Leeds, you could book an appointment to see them, or contact them by phone or by email.  The Subject Support pages are also fantastic sources of information about your subject, as well as where to search for resources.
  • Skills for Learning – Skills for Learning is a collection of resources to support the learning and teaching of academic skills, ranging from academic IT skills to academic communication such as writing and referencing. They have several really useful publications, some of which are available online and you can also book a workshop place or an individual tutorial if you live locally. For those further afield, there are several recorded Skills for Learning sessions.

We do hope you’re all settling in to the new term and remember, please do contact us if you have any queries.