Posts about: IT and Digital Skills

Email privacy

5 July 2018

Did you know that your email may not be private?

Google has recently confirmed that private Gmail messages can sometimes be read by staff at external companies. If you have a Gmail account, check out this video from the BBC on how to hide your Gmail account from prying eyes:

There are other times when your email communications may not be private. Find out more in these blogs:

Start protecting yourself
Change your behaviour
Hackers
Boost your digital security

Good habits to stay safe online at University and beyond

20 June 2018

As a student, you’ll rely heavily on technology to create and store your academic work. It’s important to take the correct steps to protect and secure this information.

This is the last in a series of 4 blog posts in which we’ve been examining how you can protect your digital privacy. (The first three were protecting your digital privacy; changing your online behaviour; and dealing with hackers .)

Most often, security issues arise because of the way people behave online.

So get into these good habits to stay safe online at University and beyond: read more

Your digital privacy: hackers

18 June 2018

Most people fear their email or social media accounts being hacked but don’t know about some simple steps to prevent this from happening.

Be aware: your digital privacy may be breached through hacking.

What you share by email or text may not be as private as you think. An email or text is like a letter that you send in the post. People shouldn’t read it, as they should respect your privacy, but someone could see it. These messages are transmitted from one device to another as a digital code, which can be scrambled, or encrypted, as it is sent. Your message goes first from the sender to a server and then to the recipient. In the process it’s possible for your message to seen by hackers or people who illegally access the code. Free public wifi sites are often not encrypted, so are not secure from hackers. Avoid them. (The University’s wifi is secure, however). read more

Change your behaviour to protect your privacy online

13 June 2018

The most common way for your privacy to be breached online isn’t an unknown hacker. It’s your own behaviour.

This is the second in a series of blog posts about how to protect yourself online. (Read the first one here.)

Your own or other people’s online behaviour can breach your privacy.

If you’ve ever walked away from a shared computer without logging out of social media accounts or email, you’ve left yourself open to a breach of privacy. It’s like leaving the door of your house wide open. read more

Your digital privacy: start protecting yourself

11 June 2018

We all expect a certain level of privacy when communicating online. However, you may have less privacy than you imagine. So how might your privacy be breached? And how can you protect yourself?

First up, remember this: some online communications are just not private.

Social media platforms are simply not private: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, for example, are fantastic platforms for communicating and collaborating. What you share will be seen by others and may be seen by many thousands or millions of other social media users, through sharing or screenshots, even if you delete your original post. Students can sometimes be shocked that a post on social media will be seen by others at all. read more

Scanning something? Do you want a PDF, TIFF or JPEG?

20 April 2018

Did you know that when you scan something using the University’s printing/scanning devices, you can specify the format for the file – PDF (the default), TIFF or JPEG?

It’s very easy.  Here’s how –

  • Select ‘Scan-to-me’
  • Select ‘Job Details’
  • Pick the format you want for your file

Introducing our new discussion forum – Ask, discuss and share

8 March 2018
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Ask, discuss and share

We have introduced a new Skills for Learning Discussion Forum. You can use the space to ask questions about study, research and IT skills. One of the Skills for Learning team will respond but we would also encourage you to get involved with the discussion – if you have an answer to a question or can add to the conversation then please join in!

Got some study ideas to share?

It is also a great place to share your own study tips, resources and ideas – if you have found something particularly useful, share with others. read more

Don’t be daunted by your dissertation

6 February 2018

Here are a few tips for completing your dissertation.

Writing your dissertation is a big job. You need to plan it, find information, do a lot of reading and note taking, structure it, write it, reference, proofread…

Skills for Learning has resources that can help! Have a look at our web site for guidance on writing your research proposal, writing your dissertation and formatting your dissertation.

Knowing some of the tricks and tools in MS Word can save you hours. So if you are unsure about page numbering, creating a table of contents, using styles, headings and section breaks you should have a look at our guides and videos or book yourself onto our Formatting your Dissertation or Thesis workshop on the 16th April. read more

Don’t just say it, Prove it! Gain Microsoft Office Specialist qualifications – for free

14 November 2017

Want to prove to potential employers that you have the MS Office IT skills they want? Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) is the answer.

Don’t take our word for it

Photographs of successful MOS candidates

Successful candidates Raza, David and Judith, are all MOS Masters, but you decide how far you want to go with your MOS journey.

“I have used this opportunity to broaden my knowledge in the applications that are really relevant to my career field. And getting a certificate that validates my knowledge is definitely worth it.” David Sanchez Espinoza, Computing, Science & Engineering. read more

Is formatting your dissertation/thesis harder than you expected?

17 July 2017

If you’re struggling with word processing your dissertation/thesis, then you’re not alone. It can be a demanding task, with many students find this aspect of the process more time consuming and stressful than they anticipated. But MS Word provides tools and features that make this task so much easier to manage. You can save time, learn the skills to work more effectively and reduce your anxiety levels too.

Do you know how to…?

  • Create an automatic table of contents for your document headings?
  • Apply Word’s ‘Captions’ for figures and tables, and create automatic listings for them?
  • Apply different page numbering formats to the different parts of your document?
  • Change page orientation mid-document, e.g. to accommodate a large chart?

No? What??? Then you need to check out our handbook and video resources… read more