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  • Flexible IT

    The University is committed to developing work practices and human resource policies that offer flexible working patterns. You can read more about the Flexible Working Policy on the HR website.

    IT systems and mobile devices have a large part to play with enabling flexible working like working from home, hot desking or working mobily around the University.


    At Brookes we offer two free wifi options to University staff, students and guests.

    Brookes WiFi is our guest wifi service available across all campuses and most halls of residence. You will be provided with the password once on site.

    eduroam is the world-wide roaming access service that allows students, researchers and staff to obtain internet connectivity across campus and when visiting participating institutions. It is provided by JISC** using their Janet network and you will need your Brookes email address and password. 

    Instructions for connecting to eduroam


    We are a Google University that uses their applications for email, document storage, websites, instant and video chat,  all hosted externally in a cloud and accessible from anywhere that has an internet connection. If you are new to Google - it is worth taking a look at these simple support pages that describe the main apps we use.

    We encourage all staff and students to add an extra layer of security to their Google account by doing the 2-step verification . It is very simple and easy to set up and use. You do need to have your mobile phone with you.


    As part of the IT strategy for 'mobile first' we recommend that all new staff are provided with a laptop as their normal work PC. This allows for mobile working patterns rather than being fixed to a static workstation. If you are an existing member of staff who is using a University laptop for the first time, during the IT Health Check to set up your device, you may want to ask about using the wifi for the first time, as well as remote access to shared drives and systems using our University VPN - SNAP (more below).

    Remote access to systems

    All staff are able to have the Brookes VPN installed on their work and own mobile devices - allowing remote and secure access to Brookes applications like the HR, Finance and Student Information systems, as well as Faculty and Directorate shared drives. If you have a University Windows laptop, the VPN will already be installed. If using your own device you will need to add the VPN to it - more information about how to do this.