On this page we provide information that complements the instructions you receive from your own programme or faculty. We have organised this information around a few key themes, and we encourage you to take a little bit of time to browse the various topics below. Keep checking in, as we will continue to add and update information.
- Stay positive, and be kind to your fellow students, tutors, and other university staff. These are strange and difficult times for everyone. While managing the rapidly changing situation at the university, we are all dealing with concerns about living in shared housing, being far from home and family, looking after children, parents, grandparents, and so much more… Offer feedback in a helpful and constructive manner.
- Be patient with the technology. Check what software you need, and make time to install and test it before a lecture or tutor group begins.
- Find a routine that works for you. Create a study plan that accommodates your need and interests. Organise your days so that you have time to study and time to relax. If possible, get some fresh air.
- Share resources, information and experiences. Studying from home doesn’t mean studying alone! Some of you may be really good with finding sources, others are better at using new systems. Learn from each other.
- Look after yourself, and each other. Your physical and mental health are top priority. Stay informed about university and national guidelines, but don’t lose yourself in the avalanche of 24/7 news. If you experience psychological distress, contact the UM Student Psychologists.
- More information for students is also available via the Student FAQ section.
Many courses have switched to using online conferencing tools like Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Meeting in a virtual environment is not the same as meeting in a classroom. Here are some guidelines for participating in an online tutorial:
Accessing your files
UM-drive is a web service that enables you to access files on UM servers through an internet browser. It allows you to upload and download files. As a student, you can access your personal I-drive and the files made available to you, including folders that supervisors share with you and possibly other students for research purposes within the framework of your study programme.
Accessing UM Library resources
In case you cannot use the Studentdesktop, it is still possible to access information, e-books and e-journals provided by the UM Library from an external location. Download the library browser extension and logon with your UM-account.
Many publishers are currently making their resources available free of charge, for either the coming weeks or months, or in some cases for the remainder of the academic year. The University Library made a list of these free resources, which will be updated regularly.