Top tools

With an Internet connection you can access most of our services from your own PC, laptop, mobile or tablet wherever you are, on or off campus. These are some of the top tools available to you.

Your OneDrive

Once you have activated your computing account you will have access to your University OneDrive for Business file storage space. This is part of the Office 365 offering which is available to all students. You should save your files to your OneDrive so that they are:

  • Available from anywhere, on any device, at any time - just log in
  • Secure
  • Backed up regularly

Student Intranet

The Student Intranet provides you with access to all the latest student news and announcements as well as a wide range of tools. When you log onto a Managed Windows Service (MWS) computer on campus, your web browser will open to display the student intranet page. This gives you immediate access to the services you need:

  • Email
  • Timetable
  • Modules and assignments in VITAL (the University's virtual learning environment)
  • Student record in Liverpool Life (the student portal)
  • Printing account
  • Library record

From this site you can also access a wide range of other services and tools, such as the CSD Service Desk and study support. Get started with the Student Intranet, once you've activated your computing account, by visiting student.liverpool.ac.uk using any web browser.

VITAL - the virtual learning environment

The University's virtual learning environment, VITAL, is used by lecturers to make course materials, assessments and other resources available to you wherever you might be. You may be required to submit assignments via VITAL and to participate in collaborative activities such as discussion boards and group assignments. Once you have activated your account, you can log in to VITAL.

You can access VITAL by visiting vital.liv.ac.uk.

Free software

A wide range of specialist subject software is also available to download and install, and you can also obtain a free copy of the latest version of Microsoft Office for up to five personal devices. Find out more by visiting www.liverpool.ac.uk/csd/software.

If you don't already have antivirus software installed on your own PC or laptop, you can download and install the University's free antivirus software - Sophos.

PC Finder

If you're looking for a free PC on campus to use, use the PC Finder tool and save time. PC Finder will help you to locate a PC on campus and you can filter results based on installed software that you might want to use or even PCs which are adjacent so that you can work next to a friend.