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  • Video conference

    Google Hangout, Skype and telephone

    Our video conference service enables you to work collaboratively from any device that has a webcam and microphone, using Google Hangouts or from our dedicated conference rooms. 

    •  For small to medium sized conferences we recommend the use of  Google Hangouts. Conferences can easily be set up and once done, a link is sent to all parties with instructions on how they can join the conference. You can join the conference using any device with a webcam and microphone, such as a laptop, smartphone or desktop PC. If you need to borrow equipment for your conference, you can do so through Brookes Hire.
    • The University has a number of dedicated video conferencing rooms that contain permanently installed equipment. We recommend using these for medium to large conferences. Support for these can be booked by logging into service.brookes.ac.uk, selecting 'make a request' and searching for 'video conference'.

    Google Hangouts

    Hangouts is an easy to use video chat service from Google that enables both one-on-one chats and group chats with up to 16 people at a time. It's ideal for inter-site communication and collaborative working for both staff and students. It works in a similar way to other conferencing services such as Skype, but adds benefits such as the sharing of Google Docs and the ability to start a conference with anyone with an email address, no accounts required. Hangouts lets you share content, send chat messages and video chats straight from the hangouts webpage, app or direct from your email.

    It can be used from any device with a web browser, webcam and microphone. There are also free apps for most devices through the Google Play store,  iTunes App store and for your computer.

    Step by step guide or if you prefer to watch a video - Hangouts in 1 minute!


    It is possible to use Skype at the University but it requires you and all participants to create a free Skype account. It offers similar functionality to Hangouts but requires the Skype client to be installed and has some limitations with screen sharing.

    Telephone conference

    Teleconferences need to be booked through our Request Catalogue.  If the conference is taking place in one of our dedicated rooms the video conference equipment can be used, for other rooms we will set up a portable conference phone for you.