Be smart with IT at SHU so you can sail towards the end of the academic year.

Can you believe that the time is almost upon us once again? I’m not talking about the supposed BBQ season, but exam period and the end of the academic year. You might already be up to your eyeballs in exam revision and deadlines, but a few simple moves to make the most of the technology available at SHU might help to keep some stress at bay. Here are a few hints to help you on your way.

Book a room or PC

You might find you need some quiet time at a PC to write an essay, or some creative space for working on a group project. Either way, the last thing you want is to walk into the Learning Centre and spend your precious time wandering around trying to find somewhere to work. Use the SHU Room booking service to secure your space, available at several locations in both City and Collegiate campus. But remember to plan in advance and book early, as the service is very popular, particularly at this time of year.

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Book a study space at Adsetts so you can finish that essay with no excuses!

Make the most of print services

If you just want to print out your work, there are a number of new features available in Learning Centres, such as printing directly from USB, scanning directly to email, using your own media and mobile print release.

Read our previous articles on how to make the most of these features:

Did you know… there are new features to printing in learning centres? Print from USB and use your own paper or other media.

Did you know… you can now scan to email and release printing via smartphones in Learning Centres?

Also, don’t forget about the University Print Service, located on Level 1 of Adsetts. Here you can get your work printed and bound, and can submit your job online to collect the next day (Monday-Friday, for work submitted before 7am).

Back up your work

At this time of year, there’s nothing worse than realising you left your portable hard-drive (with all your work on) in the Learning Centre, or spilling coffee on your laptop after an all-nighter. So, take a step to prevent any disasters by backing up your work regularly. Read our previous article on the different options for saving and backing up files.

Also, a good tip from IT Help: remember to write your name and contact number on all your portable media devices, such as USB sticks and portable hard-drives, so that you can be reunited with your device, and your work, if you lose it.

Get Help!

Visit the Learning Essentials tab in shuspace to find out how to correctly reference your work, get help with IT, Maths and English, order books through the Document Supply Service, attend Study Skills workshops and receive exam support, and much more.


We’d like to hear about your tips for being smart with technology at this time of year. Leave a comment below, or get in touch on our Facebook page.


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