Work remotely

Many University services are accessible off campus. Depending on the level of access you need, there are three methods you can use to work remotely.

Using your Single Sign-On

This is the simplest method. You can use your SSO account to access some University services such as email, OneDrive and SharePoint via the internet. You don’t need to do anything except log in as usual. (Check the tips on Your University accounts if you’re unsure which of your different University accounts are which.) 

What you’ll need

  • A Single Sign-On account
  • Internet access

How to do it

  1. Go online
  2. Find the service on the web that you want to use, eg Nexus365
  3. Log in with your SSO account

Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Using a VPN gives you access to internal resources such as intranets and network folders, as well as access to some library journals, via the internet. If you’re a student or researcher, you’ll find this useful.

What you’ll need

  • A Remote Access account
  • Internet access
  • VPN access

How to do it

These are the steps for getting set up on VPN:

  1. Activate your SSO account, if you haven’t done so already
  2. Go to the Self-Registration website to generate a Remote Access account
  3. Download the Cisco VPN client software from the Self-Registration website (iPhones and iPod Touch already include the software so iPhone/iPod users don’t need to download anything else)
  4. Follow the instructions on our Help website for configuring your chosen VPN client

Tip 

Don’t forget your Remote Access account uses a different username – your Oxford username (abcd1234) followed by @OX.AC.UK (in capitals) – NOT your email address.

 

Using a remote desktop

If you’re a staff member with a CONNECT managed desktop, you can set up a remote version to use at home: a virtual machine that will give you access to the network folders, files and software that you use in the office. 

What you’ll need

  • A CONNECT account – you will generally have this if you are a staff member in University Administration and Services (UAS).
  • A Remote Access account (for your VPN access)
  • VPN access
  • Internet access

How to do it

You need to put in a service request to get set up. Once this is done, you’ll access your remote desktop through a VPN and log in with your CONNECT account.

Tip

CONNECT desktops users in Gardens, Libaries and Museums (GLAM)  can apply to use the remote desktop service but are charged per user.

 

Contact the Service Desk


Tel: 01865 (6)12345
 
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