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IT Service Desk

IT Services provides advice on many topics arising from the use of computers in the University, from hardware faults on desktop and classroom computers, to problems with word-processing and viruses.

There is also a PC Clinic available, providing a wide range of computer services to staff and students who require help with their personal computing equipment.

The IT Service Desk is closed every Friday between 09:30 and 10:30 for staff training.

How to contact the IT Service Desk

  • Email: please send your queries to itservicedesk. If sending from outside St Andrews please remember to add

  • IT Self Service: create calls and keep yourself informed of progress

    If you have a University of St Andrews user account you can now access the IT Service Desk incident management system directly. Using IT Self Service you can create a new call and view the progress of any current calls raised on your name.  You can also edit your active calls, update supporting files if required, and print out a copy for your records.

    Log in to IT Self Service

  • Skype for Business: chat with us using your Skype for Business account (available to students and staff only). To find us, search for the "IT Service Desk" on the Skype app. The service operates 09:00 - 17:00, Monday-Friday. Any messages sent out with those hours will not be delivered

    Message us on Skype for Business
  • External enquiries (using the IT Services enquiry form)

    If you do not have a University of St Andrews user account please use the IT Service Desk enquiry form.

    IT Service Desk enquiry form

Using any of the above options your request for assistance will be entered into the IT Service Desk call management system (UniDesk) and you will be sent a unique call identifier by email.

You should send any further email relating to your call to the Service Desk:

In the subject field please include the call identifier number, of the form Iyymmdd-xxxx where yymmdd is the date, and xxxx is the daily number. Note that the call identifier number starts with an 'I'.

  • Face-to-face help

If you have problems with your computer account or if you need face-to-face help, please visit the IT Service Desk. The IT Service Desk is located in the Main Library.

Monday – Thursday 09.00 – 18.00
Friday 09.00 - 18.00 (closed for staff training 09.30 - 10.30).  Voicemail is available.
Saturday 10.00 – 17.00 (Front desk service only)

11.00 – 18.00 (Front desk service only)

If you are unable to use the online forms, email, or visit the Service Desk

  • You can telephone the IT Service Desk on (01334 46) 3333. A voicemail system may be in use.  If so, please leave a recorded message for the IT Service Desk; but please bear in mind that contacting the IT Service Desk by telephone may delay the resolution of your query.  If you have a critical issue during office hours and are unable to contact us, please call extension 7277. 
  • Out of Hours Cover

For University staff to report urgent core service faults occurring outside normal hours.

Information about Out of Hours cover

Service Level Agreement

Our Service Level Agreement (SLA) sets out what service you can expect when logging a call with the IT Service Desk, whether it be a question, problem or a request for assistance.  Please see the Service Level Agreement web page for more details.

Suggestions - how can we improve our service to you?

IT Services values your opinion.  If you have an idea to improve our service please use the suggestions form below. To thank you we will enter your name into our quarterly prize draw to win free coffee for a month* at any of the University's coffee shops**.

Suggestions form

* The prize will be a voucher for 28 hot drinks
** Participating coffee shops: Physics, School of Medicine, Gateway, and Main Library (Please note: Physics and the School of Medicine coffee shops are closed during the summer vacation.)


Contact us through an online sign language interpreter

British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact IT Services using contactSCOTLAND-BSL, the online British Sign Language video relay interpreting service.

To find out more please visit the contactSCOTLAND-BSL website

Remote assistance

The IT Service Desk can now offer PC and Mac users help via TeamViewer, which allows us to connect to your computer and control it remotely. Using this system we can look at your computer without having to visit your office. We can discuss your problem or query and we may be able to fix it without the need for a personal visit.

Please be aware that this procedure requires us to take control of your computer remotely, but you can stop the process at any time, and we will not look at anything unrelated to your problem.

N.B.  Unless you first contact us by email or telephone, the IT Service Desk will never ask to initiate a remote session using TeamViewer. 

If you are contacted by email or telephone, and you have not contacted the IT Service Desk requesting assistance, decline the request then alert us so that we can investigate further.

Download and activate TeamViewer

Choose the appropriate version of the TeamViewer program to download as a guide by your analyst, and save the file to your desktop.

TeamViewer client version 9

TeamViewer client version 10

For further information please see the web page for remote assistance.

Online help

  • Online help on common topics (such as email) are also available

Other information

Quick answers

See if your question is answered in our quick answers.

Contact the IT Service Desk

Log a call using IT Self-Service
(01334 46) 3333
 Message us on Skype for Business
(Mon - Fri, 09:00 - 17:00)

Level 2
University Library
North Street
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9TR

Opening Hours
Mon - Fri
: 08:30-18:00
(front desk support
from 09:00)

Sat: 10:00-17:00
Sun: 11:00-18:00

The IT Service Desk is closed
for staff training on Fridays
between 09:30 and 10:30