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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.
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.
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.