University news

    New - student news page on the portal!

    by Ali Bushnell -
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    If you're missing out on your student news, then why not check out the student portal where there is now a dedicated page devoted to keeping YOU up-to-date with the latest news, events and opportunities.

    You can find it by clicking on the link below:

    And, if there is anything you would like to see on the news page, then drop me a line to let me know -

    Look forward to hearing from you!

    Goodbye and Hello!

    by Ali Bushnell -
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    Hi everyone,

    I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all so much for your incredible support over the past five years by reading my 'University News' posts on Moodle.

    The University will now be using a new learning platform, Aula, and that means my Moodle posts will be no more, but don’t worry… you haven’t got rid of me just yet!!!

    On the student portal, a BRAND NEW news page has been created especially for you where you will find news, features, opportunities and events, so I hope you will save the following link and keep visiting the page to see what’s going on:

    Look out for the ‘further news’ and ‘opportunities and events’  sections where I will post frequent updates for you.

    This is a new way of getting news to you, so do bear with me and also follow the Office of Teaching and Learning Twitter account @OTLCovUni where I will also post things of interest

    Do spread the word and tell your fellow students. I will do my level best to make sure to keep you informed of as many things as I can which will enhance your student experience.

    Keep smiling and stay safe!

    Ali B


    New Zoom business licence

    by Ali Bushnell -
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    As a complementary part of our Teaching and Learning ecosystem, Coventry University has purchased a campus agreement to provide a Zoom business licence to all our staff and students.


    All users will get access the following capabilities:


        Basic accounts will be updated to licensed users

        Unlimited minutes in meetings

        Zoom meetings up to 100 participants (default)

        Single sign-on (seamless login)

        Company branding (university logos)

        Custom emails (branded templates for invites etc.)

        Virtual Classroom and Breakout capabilities

        Improved Security

        Aula integration – coming soon


    What does this mean for you?


    All staff and students will be enabled for use of the service over the next two weeks.


    If you have signed up to a basic or paid plan using your or email address, then your account will be automatically merged into the main campus service. Your login will be changed to your current university username and password and an automated email will be sent to you when the account merge is complete.  


    Any Zoom accounts that have been signed up with a personal email address and used for university business should cease.


    What if I have paid for an existing subscription?


    Those users that have paid for a personal subscription and signed up with a or email address will be refunded automatically by Zoom to the original payment method, once your account is merged. This does not apply to Zoom accounts signed up with a personal email address.


    When will Zoom be activated for all?


    The configuration will take place over the next two weeks and you will receive an automated email to activate your account once the service is ready.


    Will I lose access to my scheduled meetings and personal meeting number?


    Zoom has advised that any scheduled meetings and customisations will be carried over, but IT Services are unable to confirm this guidance until the migration is completed. There may be some minor settings that you have to re-enable on your account profile page and some additional security requirements to protect your account going forward.


    I don't want my account to be merged, what can I do?


    Unfortunately, our licensed service uses our and login credentials so you will no longer be able to use this address for a personal Zoom account. These will all be now owned by Coventry University and will be deactivated if you leave the university.


    Does Zoom replace Microsoft Teams?


    No, this is a complementary service to increase our capabilities and product portfolio only. You can choose to use either solution depending on your specific work or teaching and learning needs.


    Microsoft Teams and Zoom features

    You can download a detailed version of the features as a PDF

    Security reminders


    IT Services will never ask for your username and password. If you are unsure or suspicious of any behaviour as part of your Zoom migration, then please contact our IT Service Desk teams for assistance.


    Zoom training guides


    Please visit the Zoom Help Centre for free and interactive live training webinars daily along with Getting Started guides.