ICT and online safety

Information about ICT services at Shetland College UHI and advice on how to use the internet safely.

Take a moment to view our Summary of the Acceptable Use Policy Guide. You can also view the University partnership acceptable use policy.

We provide ICT facilities here in the College to help you with your studies.

Your College e-mail Account

The college uses a cloud based email system through Microsoft Office 365. This can be accessed from virtually any PC or mobile device using the web interface, a link to this is available on the desktop of all college computers.

To login enter your username as your email address, i.e. 01234567@uhi.ac.uk, along with your standard UHI password. As a student you will be expected to check your e-mail account on a regular basis for updates from your lecturers and information on college activities and news.

For instructions on how to link to the webmail client then look at Page 16 of the frequently asked questions section of the ICT Services Guide.

Online safety

The internet is a fantastic resource for students, not only for researching your studies but as a social and collaboration tool. It’s really a massive community of people connected by computers and mobile devices, but just like any other large community there can be unscrupulous and even dangerous people waiting to prey on the unsuspecting. By following a few simple tips you can stay safe on the internet and not fall prey to the scammers.

  • Be aware of scammers. If something appears too good to be true then it’s likely to be a scam
  • Treat people you meet online as you would any other stranger
  • Never give out any personal details, usernames or passwords when requested by email
  • No reputable organisation will ask for these details to be sent by email
  • Don’t trust links in emails, they may take you to “phishing” sites that try to steal your details
  • Never respond to obscene, provocative, rude or threatening messages
  • If you feel uncomfortable or harassed online speak to your lecturer or contact the college ICT Service
  • Use the privacy features on social networking sites to hide your personal details such as date of birth, phone numbers, address, etc., or at the very least limit this information to your immediate friends
  • Never give your college username and password to anyone. If you suspect someone knows these then change your password straight away
  • Don’t believe everything you read on the internet! When citing content from the internet in your studies ensure the information is from a reputable source
  • Be responsible and ethical when using the internet wherever you are, be it at home or in the college. Don't plagiarise information from the net, don't flame or cause upset to other users from your online activities, and use computer equipment responsibly
  • Most of all use your common sense - if something online doesn't feel right it probably isn't. Be diligent and stay safe!

You can find out more about the university wide IT services available to you here.