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Microsoft Teams

A new way to collaborate at the University

Microsoft Teams is now available for Staff at the University. Use the IT Self Service Portal to request access now!

What is Teams?

Teams is a collaboration tool from Microsoft, designed to help people work better together. It is an online shared space for teams where members can post messages, pictures and links with the ability to comment and discuss on the things posted. It rivals products such as Slack and Discord with the added bonus of supporting your favourite Microsoft apps.

It also doubles as a place to store shared documentation and makes it easy to collaborate on Word documents, annotate images and chat with team members. All this is published to a team activity feed to be commented on and keeping colleagues in the loop.

Why use Teams?

Teams allows you to easily plan, track and organise projects or team work in a shared online space. Sometimes email is not the quickest way to collaborate on work and many staff have asked for a more modern approach to team collaboration. Rather than endless email chains, create a team space which members can drop in and out of, post content to be commented on, all in a persistent activity feed.

Features include:

  • Team Chat - instant message individuals or groups
  • Online Meetings - host text, audio or video team meetings within your team space.
  • Integrated Office 365 apps - Office 365 apps are built in for easy access to SharePoint, OneNote, Power BI, Planner and more.

How do I get teams?

You can request Microsoft Teams on the IT Self Service Portal.

Help and guidance

IT have built a dedicated channel in Teams for people to get help, ask questions and request features. Discuss and share tips in this channel with other University members using teams.

You will also find guides, videos and other useful resources for helping you get the most out of teams and get up and running quickly.

Be sure to also check out Microsoft's official help page for tips and troubleshooting.

HELP & Guides

Microsoft's official help page for tips and troubleshooting.

Chat, storage and recording meetings: Guidelines for using Microsoft Teams

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