Online meetings, chat and calls

In addition to email, our recommended tools for staying connected with colleagues at Oxford, and those further afield, include Teams and Chorus. A little information about each is below to help you decide which is most appropriate for your communications needs.

Don't forget to check the related links on the right of this page for other information and guidance that you might find useful.


Widely in use within and outside of Oxford, Teams is great for online meetings, instant chat messages and sharing files. Teams allows focused messaging on specific topics through the chat functionality within channels meaning you can keep conversations together for easy access. 

Chat is part of Teams and can also be used for messaging and meeting with anyone at Oxford University. Messages are saved, so always be aware of GDPR guidelines. 

Advice and guidance for getting started with Teams can be found on the IT Help website.


Chorus is the University’s telephone system. 

Chorus offers a desk phone and voicemail. If you want to use your computer to make calls, you will need to use Telephony over Teams

 Further information about Chorus and how to use it is also on the IT Help website.