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Working from home

A number of University services are available to staff working from home provided you have access to a computer with an internet connection.


There are a number of ways to read your Sussex e-mail from home. The easiest method is probably to use Webmail (Outlook Web App), but you could install and configure full-featured e-mail applications such as Outlook to link to the University's systems.

For full details, see our FAQ: How can I read my Sussex email from off-campus?

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Accessing files

Students and academic staff with files stored in "Documents" or other folders in their home directory (N: drive), can get quick access to them from home using our web pages:

If you need to transfer a larger number of files, you can use secure file transfer (FTP). You will need to download an FTP program such as WinSCP (for PC) or Fetch (for Mac) if you do not already have one on your computer. Group (G: drive) files used by staff are also accessible in this way.

Staff can also get to their files remotely using Windows Remote, a service allowing you to remotely connect to a Sussex desktop (from any PC or Mac and some mobile devices) and work as if you were sitting at an IT Services Windows 7 PC on campus.

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Windows Remote

Staff can also use the Windows Remote service to connect to a Sussex desktop from home. The service enables you to use Office programs, files on your N: drive and other applications as if you were sitting at a computer on the campus.

You can use the service from any Windows computer and even from a Mac or iPad.

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Hold virtual meetings

Members of staff can attend or host virtual meetings or videoconferences with colleagues using the AdobeConnect service installed at Sussex. Provided you have headphones or speakers, a microphone and standard software such as Flash player on your computer, you can gain access to the service using a web browser. If you have a webcam, you can also use the video functions.

Guide to using AdobeConnect

There is no need to register for the service — members of staff can simply login with their normal username and password.

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Other services

Most web-based services should be available from home including Sussex Direct and Study Direct. Cognos Web Reports are also accessible from outside the campus.

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IT Services support

For members of the university needing help with IT services, there is a range of help on the ITS website including frequently asked questions, guides to using software and systems and details on how to raise a query or request.

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created on 2010-01-01 by David Guest
last updated on 2018-03-13 by Alexander Butler