Skype for Business

SkypeSkype for Business (previously Lync) is an online, video conferencing, collaboration and communication tool.

An alternative tool for this type of activity is Blackboard Collaborate. The e-Learning Team Blog has a posting about the different features of Skype for Business and Collaborate.

Installation on a staff computer

To use Skype for Business you must be using Office 2013. If you have not yet upgraded your PC to run Office 2013, please see our guide.

To access Skype for Business go to Start > All programmes > Microsoft Office 2013 > Skype for Business.

When asked to sign in enter your full username in the format not 

Using Skype for Business / Skype in university teaching and meeting venues

Not all teaching and meeting rooms are running Office 2013. Before arranging a Skype for Business meeting in a teaching / meeting venue please check to see whether Office 2013 has been installed. If it is not installed you can run a Skype meeting instead. Please read this document which will help you ensure that you have everything you need to run a Skype meeting in one of the University venues:

Using Skype in Teaching and Meeting venues

Using Skype for Business

What you will need before you start:


Basic Skype for Business tasks

Microsoft have produced some short straightforward video guides:

For a more detailed introduction to Skype for Business see our staff playlist section on


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