Working and studying remotely

The University has a wide range of digital tools and services to help you study and work remotely and still stay connected to your network and documents just as if you were at the University.

Working and studying from home

A new experience for many.

There are some things you need to do to ensure you are able to collaborate and communicate while studying or working from home. Below is advice on what to do and consider:

  • Speak with your supervisor before you start working from home to determine how and when you will communicate and support each other.
  • Identify tasks that can be completed away from the University.
  • Make sure you have all the necessary systems on your device.
  • Share tips and tricks, work with your network to navigate through what may be a new experience for many.

Some things to consider

If possible, you should work through these steps before you begin studying or working from home or remotely.

  • Familiarise yourself with the self-assessment of your workspace at home to ensure it is safe.
  • Ensure that you have your computer and software set up successfully to communicate and collaborate. Test your Wi-Fi connection and ensure you remember to bring your computer power adaptor, keyboard and mouse.
  • Ensure you're clear on how you will check-in, communicate and work with your network.
  • Read our guide on good practices and appropriate behaviours for studying online.

Create a comfortable and safe home-based working environment.

To maximise your health and safety in the event you may need to work from home, the following tips have been prepared by the University’s Health and Safety team.

Set up your space

Identify a designated work zone (desk, chair) and ensure all work is conducted exclusively within this zone.

Ensure the desk has enough space on top for all required items and there are no items under the desk restricting leg room. Select a well-fitting comfortable chair with back support.

Adjust your posture

Adopt as closely as possible the following seated posture at the desk:

  1. Shoulders relaxed and symmetrical
  2. Elbows close to the sides of the body
  3. Forearms approximately parallel to the floor
  4. Thighs approximately parallel to the floor
  5. Feet flat on the floor or supported on a footrest or sturdy box

If a standing desk is available adopt the first 3 points

Set up your desk

The desktop surfaces are sufficient to accommodate all required desktop items and there are no fixed structures or stored items under the desk encroaching into leg space, restricting or compromising working posture.

Check your screens

Position the computer monitor so the top of the screen is approximately eye height

  • If using a desktop computer: the monitor should be directly in front of you, about arm’s reach away.
  • If using a laptop: raise it on a laptop riser or a box/books/stand. A separate keyboard and a mouse will be required

Position your keyboard and mouse

Position your keyboard on the desktop in front of you at a distance from the desk edge that feels comfortable and supportive for your arms and shoulders. Keep the mouse in close to the keyboard

Taking phone calls

Use hands-free equipment (e.g. speaker or Bluetooth device, etc.) if frequent phone conversations or multi-tasking is required.

Consider your surroundings

Consider other physical elements of the environment that may impact on your comfort including noise levels. Noise should be conducive to concentration.

Lighting should be appropriate for the task, and does not cause leaning or squinting to read.

Remove any items, objects or furniture that could be tripped over.

Remember to take breaks

Schedule time for regular breaks. Observe standard University tea and lunch breaks and in addition take a 2-minute break away from your desk every 30 minutes to stretch and move.


Accessibility and video conferencing

Zoom

Zoom Meetings and JAWS
Instructions on how to use Zoom Meetings with JAWS screen reading software.

Zoom Meetings and NVDA
Instructions on how to use Zoom Meetings with NVDA screen reading software.

Zoom Meetings and Closed Captions
Instructions on how to provide Closed Captions within Zoom Meetings or Webinars.

Microsoft Teams

Auto-generated Captions in Microsoft Teams
Instructions on how to display automatically generated captions in Microsoft Teams meetings.

General

Video conferencing for hearing impaired staff
Practical measures that can help provide a more equitable and accessible work environment when online.

Web accessibility
A resource for accessibility advice at the University.

Being a good accessibility ally
Our guide on how to support your colleagues and students.

IT advice