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Important information and guidance

it_help, button on keyboard - f1 helpThere’s lots of support and help available as you use IT equipment and software to support your studies.

See Self-help (below) for access to resources that can help you to resolve a wide range of issues, including Password Reset, using Microsoft Office, Digital Capability and more.

The Service Desk are here to help. You just need to let us know what we can do for you. Of course, there are established ways for contacting us and we need some details before we start.

See Reporting a Problem (below) for details of how to contact us and information about what we need to know from you in order to best help you.

IT Induction Booklet to download and keep.

For help and support that is not IT related, please visit My.Cumbria and select the area for which you want help.

  • Report a Problem - IT Service Desk

    The IT Service Desk is the central technical helpline offering help with your IT needs.

    First, we don’t offer a walk-in service. You need to contact us by phone, email, or by logging your own incident on the self service desk. Our technicians are waiting to respond to you, on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.

    solution, 'solution' written many times in different coloursHow can we help you?

    • We provide support, technical help and advice for all users of our IT, telephony and media facilities
    • We aim to answer your queries and resolve technical problems as soon as we can
    • We are able to provide remote desktop assistance to you at any networked university computer
    • If your query requires specialist or local technical support, we will co-ordinate the resources required to get your query resolved as quickly as possible
    • We have a range of Frequently Asked Questions and tips to help you with common queries.

    Open hours

    Term time: Monday to Friday – 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

    Holiday time: Monday to Friday – 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

    contact, contact - computer screen surrounded by logos for ways to contactReporting a Problem

    The Service Desk are here to help. You just need to let us know what we can do for you. Of course, there are established ways for contacting us and we need some details before we start.

    Log your own request or incident

    You can log your own IT (or facilities) incidents via our Self Service Desk.  You can follow the progress of your incident from submission to completion, and update it if anything changes.  You can log your incidents at any time and from any location by going to

    Log on with your network username (student number or staff username).

    Contact us by phone

    Tel: 01228 888888 (external) or 8888 (internal).

    If a technician is available, they will answer your call. If the phone goes to voicemail, leave us a message.

    Contact us by email

    Email us on We’ll respond as soon as we can.

    questions, many question marks in colourful bubblesInformation we need on your problem

    We need a description of the problem or fault. Try to explain what you were doing at the time and let us have any error code that appeared or email us a screen shot.

    There’s other information we need as well. Here’s a list of the information you need to give us, on the phone or in an email:

    • Students: Your name, your Student Number and a contact email address (this might be your university email or it might be a personal one), and/or a contact phone number, if that would be more practical.
    • Staff: Your name, your university username, a contact number, a room number and a building name.
    • Your availability so we can contact you.
    • The application or equipment you were using when the problem occurred.
    • The type of device you were using, for example a desktop or a laptop. If you can, give us the version number.
    • University desktops have names to identify them, displayed after you log on. The name begins with three upper case letters, such as FUS, BOW, LON or BRA.  If you haven’t logged on, press Ctrl+Alt+Del and then select the arrow next to Log on to: UOC. The name appears on the list.
    • The operating system and, if relevant, the web browser you use.
    • Any other information that you feel relevant, for example a file name and anything other programs being used at the same time.

    Further Contact

    For general IT enquiries, or to check on the status of a previously logged enquiry; please contact us by email:


  • It Service Desk - Quick Links

    Self service help desk: 


    Telephone: 01228 888888 (external) or 8888 (internal)

  • Self Help

    Most of us prefer to get help for ourselves, don’t we? The list below will help you to see some of the ways that you can find help, when you need it.


    You can start by viewing the sections of this Information Services website to see information about Passwords, Wifi, Printing, Computers & Software, Social Media and so much more.

    Self-Service Desk

    You can now log your own IT incidents on our new self-service desk. You can follow the progress of your incident from submission to completion, and update it if anything changes. You can log your incidents at any time and from any location by going to and logging on with your network username and password, but please remember that they will only be dealt with during the normal service desk open hours.

    Password Reset Service

    Don’t forget to register with the Password Reset Service - you can use the Password Reset Service to change your password regularly to keep your information safe, or to reset your password if you forget it.


    We are developing a knowledgebase to help you resolve your own incidents. It can be found with the Self-Service Desk at but it’s currently a bit empty – what would you like to know? What would you find useful? Tell us by emailing


    There is lots of information on the IT pages of the university website and it is changing all the time – be sure to check the latest news as this will tell you if we are planning anything that may affect you

    Using the F1 key

    On your keyboard, your favourite keys should be F1 and Undo.

    Seriously, pressing F1 on most Windows products, and most other applications, brings up all the online help available.

    It’s worth getting to know what it covers. If you’re just learning the application, it’s a good idea to read the related ‘Getting Started’ sections available on F1.

    FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

    At the bottom of this page, you will find a number of FAQs. Browse through these questions to familiarise yourself with some common issues that users encounter.

    Our FAQs are also Frequent Answers because we’ve concentrated on the things we get asked about most.

    Online tutorials

    You can join online tutorials for extra help, watching as much of the tutorial as you need, at a speed that suits you.

    Visit Digital Capabilities and/or Skills@Cumbria (for non-IT tutorials) to view tutorials in areas such as:

    • Using Blackboard
    • Turnitin
    • Microsoft Office
    • Academic Skills
    • Referencing

    Visit Blackboard for access to the Turnitin Test Area.

    In addition, YouTube provide lots of excellent Microsoft help. Go to to explore.


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