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.


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.

Some good news!

bookshelfWhen you’ve borrowed items from the Library, the time can pass really quickly and so the Library system sends out emails to student email addresses 3 days before Library due dates, as a reminder to either renew or return your items.

However, for distance learners who have borrowed books, the Offsite team have realised that 3 days isn’t that long to get down to your local post office to return items by post. So, for all items sent out by the Offsite team, the email reminders now go out an extra two days earlier, meaning that for items which we send out to students registered with Offsite, the reminders will be emailed to student email accounts 5 days in advance of the due date.

It’s also possible to renew your items online – log in to the Library catalogue using your usual MyBeckett login details, then go to the self-service tab and Renew my Materials. The Library has also produced a short video on how to renew your loans. Remember that, if you are unable to renew any items, you will need to return them by the due date.

For people who prefer to manage everything through one email account, you can also forward your student email to an alternative email address of your choice, please see these instructions.

And if you’d like an alternative to borrowing print books, you might like to check out the Library’s collection of eBooks. Why not take a look at the Library webpages on eBooks for FAQ’s about eBooks, news about the collections and notes on how to personalise the on-screen appearance of eBooks.

You can also contact Offsite at any time if you have any queries – we’re always delighted to hear from students!

Welcome to 2015/16!

We hope you’ve all had a fabulous, relaxing and reviving summer.

Monday 21st September is the start of Welcome and Induction Week, greeting new and returning students to the academic year, with Semester 2 starting in earnest on Monday 28th September.

The Offsite team, and all of the Library staff, are ready and waiting to help you settle in, and would like to welcome you whether you are a new or returning student.

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For those of you who occasionally visit the Library in person, you may have noticed that there is some refurbishment work underway. The second floor of the Library is currently closed, though it is due to re-open soon!

This means that some of the book stock has been temporarily re-shelved and this may result in a very slight delay in sending out books which you have placed on hold. We apologise for this, and will continue to send out books to you as quickly as possible. We will always email your student email if we have any queries about your request, and to confirm when we have sent a book. Please do get in touch if you can’t remember how to log on, or if you have forgotten your password, or if you need a quick refresher on how to check your student email, or indeed if you have any other queries. Our contact details are shown on the Offsite homepage – you can email us, phone us, chat with us or check out our blog.

We’re looking forward to supporting your learning!