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Online Safety

In many ways today our lives are lived on line, whether that be through social media, blogs, banking and shopping it can be easy to find yourself in difficulties. In this section you will find information that will help keep you safe while on-line and avoid getting into any trouble with the University. 

Social Networking

We want to remind our members about staying safe when using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Whilst we recognise the fun and useful nature of such sites, we would remind you that they are public forums and your information & photos may be visible to anyone, including people outside your social groups. For example, if you post an event on Facebook many people may see this, and it could lead to unwanted guests or comments.  We have also been alerted to a number of 'lost phone' groups that are public and where phone numbers can be easily obtained
Facebook can be a great tool for organising groups or events, but we advise you to ensure that only people who you have invited are permitted to join the group or event, or that you set the group or event to 'secret' so that other people cannot view the information.
Behaviour likely to ‘bring the University into disrepute’ is considered a disciplinary offence, including behaviour that happens off campus. There are privacy settings available on Facebook to limit who has access to your information and tweet approval settings to stop messages being sent to you on Twitter.
Students on courses leading to professional qualifications such as teaching, social work, healthcare and law will need to refer to the relevant professional bodies for guidance on what is acceptable behaviour, both for students and professionals.
It is important for all students to remember that the public, including potential employers, may be able to see your contact details, personal information and anything posted on your wall or timeline.


It is important to protect your privacy online. Anyone can view information that you put online about yourself so you need to think about what information you make available to others. Don’t give our your name, address, date of birth, etc. unless you know who you are talking to online and make sure you keep your passwords safe.
It’s important to check your privacy settings for online profiles. Whilst Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites are great ways of keeping in contact with people you need to be aware that information, pictures and messages that you post on here may be accessed by other people. Employers may also look you up on the internet so it’s important to check the content of your online profiles.


Phishing is when someone attempts to acquire personal information from you such as usernames, bank details, account passwords, etc. They try to trick you into giving this information. It may be that you get an email or a pop up from a bank or other organisations where they ask you to confirm your information.The email will direct you to click on a link which opens up a fake website that looks and feels almost identical to the legitimate one. The intention is that you put your details into the fake website and the fraudsters can access this information such as your bank details.
If you suspect you have received phishing emails asking you to update, validate or confirm your information then do not click on this link. You should contact the organisation to report the phishing email and to check with the organisation directly if they do need any of your information.


Computer technology means that we can access and share information quickly, however this also means that you could be vulnerable to viruses getting into your computer. It is important to update your software regularly and install antivirus and firewall software. Unless you trust the sender, don’t open any unknown email attachments or links and only download software from trusted sites.