Once you’re set up with your BCU login, you can begin to explore our systems that will support you during your time at BCU. From where to find your timetable or resources for your course to knowing where to find your personal information, here’s an introduction to using IT at BCU.
Discover your digital skills
Before you get going with our online systems at BCU, you can use the Digital Skills Discovery Tool to help you self-assess and improve your digital skills. Whether you need support engaging with online teaching or with using software for your assessments, recognising your own strengths and weaknesses will help you improve on the skills you have during your time at BCU and beyond.
iCity is the University's central web portal for staff and students. Here you can find a noticeboard on the front page with key news, events and notices as well as lots of useful links to different areas. Each department, faculty and professional service has its own iCity site where you can find out more information about the services they provide and the ways to contact them.
You can also access your email timetable on iCity under the ‘Calendar’ tab.
Moodle is our Virtual Learning Environment. Each module has a Moodle page, and on these pages you will find all the resources you need for your studies. This includes module information, lecture presentations, online tests, assessment briefs, module guides, teaching videos, submission points and any announcements to update you on your module.
You can also use Moodle to communicate directly with your course leader.
The Office 365 suite of applications is free to all BCU students – just sign in here with your BCU password and email address. You can also download a free copy of Office 2016 on up to 5 personal devices (which includes Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more).
Microsoft Teams is a key part of our online teaching and it is essential that you log in and keep an eye on the Teams you will be added to by module leaders. Through MS Teams, our staff can deliver online lectures. You are not required to have your camera on if you are not comfortable doing so.
Online lectures may be recorded, and a message will appear in MS Teams to show that it is being recorded. There is a chat function in Teams and if you do not want to speak aloud you can type in the chat. There is also a function that allows you to raise your hand if you want to ask a question or make a comment.
iAsk lets you log queries to a range of support services across the University, including your School office (for queries relating to enrolment, payments and fees, courses, exams and assessments and timetabling), Accommodation Services, Money Matters, Health and Wellbeing and Support and your Students' Union.
There's also a list of handy FAQs on the system to guide you, and you can log a bespoke query if this isn’t covered in the FAQs.
By using iAsk, we can get necessary information we require to resolve your issue from the start and all your queries will be stored in one place, for your future reference.
mySRS is used to view and update personal details including your address and contact telephone number. You can also use mySRS to:
- Re-enrol on to your course before each year of study.
- View your grades once they are published under the Awards section.
- Request formal letters such as Council Tax exemption letters, bank letters and proof of enrolment letters.
- Record any absences and view reports for your attendance.
- Register for your graduation ceremony.
- Apply for a postgraduate course at BCU without completing an application form by using the Fast Track application process.
Using IT on campus
Whether you need to log in to iCity, Moodle, Teams or any other platform on campus, here are some options for each building:
- Open access areas: We have hundreds of machines to use on campus in our IT open access areas, with PCs or Macs available in each building. Find open access areas on iCity.
- Laptop loans: While on campus, you can borrow a laptop for up to six hours from one of our Lapsafe lockers using your Student ID card. Find Lapsafe lockers on iCity. All laptop loan lockers have an accessibility feature that enable students to access laptops in a lower bay. Find out how to access these laptops on iCity.
- PC Finder: Before you arrive or while you’re on campus, you can check how many machines are available in each location on campus using PC Finder. Just visit pcfinder.bcu.ac.uk or use PC Finder on the iBCU app.
- WiFi: If you’re using your own device, the Eduroam service allows students to access the internet at participating institutions across the UK (and increasingly the world) using your university email address and password.
Discover your digital skills
Find your own strengths and weaknesses with using IT to help you improve your skills.