IT Training

On-site learning opportunities are available through CEED to enable you to develop your IT skills, for personal development and to help you work and study more effectively. Resources include:

Microsoft Office 365: The official supported version of Office is Microsoft 365 (formerly know as 'Office 365'). For information on the range of apps available, see the Office 365 support page
Microsoft 365 recorded live demo sessions: see the IT Services video channel sessions on Teams, Forms and more.
Need Office on your personal computer? University staff and students can download a complete version of Office on up to 5 of their own devices, see this link for how to download Office (for personal devices only, contact IT Services for University managed computers).  

Help formatting a dissertation in Word: A guide giving tips to controlling formatting and producing your dissertation in Word is available for download. The guide also contains links to other Microsoft training resources. See this link to the Formatting Resources page for more information.


The current standard training programmes have been developed primarily for the main desktop productivity software supported by IT Services, Microsoft Office for Windows. Training is delivered through instructor-led courses, online materials and custom group sessions.

Training is also available for the Adobe digital media software, Photoshop and Illustrator, and the type-setting software, LaTeX, with instructor-lead courses available each semester and bookable from the PDMS booking system.

Instructor-led courses for Microsoft Office (face-to-face delivery, on campus)

For all staff and research postgraduates

View the full catalogue

We deliver a rolling series of IT training courses most months throughout the year as a subset of the full course catalogue, designed to improve your efficiency at using the software. The courses currently scheduled for delivery are available from the University’s online course booking system (PDMS). The list is regularly updated so should be checked for recent additions. These courses take place in PC classrooms and are limited to a relatively small number of places to ensure adequate support, so booking is essential. The courses will however be repeated at intervals throughout the session. Details and descriptions for the full list of training courses in the Microsoft Office Suite are available from the Microsoft Office Training Courses page. 

Self-led learning

For all staff and students

Microsoft Imagine Academy training

The University has a subscription to the Microsoft Imagine Academy online courses. These self-led training courses are part of the Microsoft Official Academic Coursework for targeted preparation for Microsoft Certification exams but can be used by anyone aiming to improve their skills in Microsoft Office with courses available in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. For more information on the available courses and how to access the resource see our dedicated page at the link Imagine Academy link above.

Training Workbooks

A wide range of training workbooks covering the full spectrum of Office 2016 applications is available for self-directed learning. These are structured as a PDF workbook manual that contains sequential topics and exercises with accompanying zip archive of course files for practical working of the exercises. Workbooks are available for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, Outlook, Visio, Publisher and Microsoft Project. See the Training Workbook page for full information on accessing these resources.

Additional Microsoft Support: the following Microsoft Support Centre training links will provide additional support for self-led learning.

Custom sessions

For staff

For groups with more specific needs or requiring additional support, we can arrange tailored training sessions covering a specified range of topics or skills. Please email with further enquiries.