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IT Training

Microsoft Office 2016: The official supported version of Office is now Office 2016 (for Windows and MacOs). To find out about the new version, what's new, how to upgrade, and training resources see the Office 2016 information page.

Microsoft Office Specialist Certification: We offer accreditation through the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification program. See the Microsoft Certification pages for more information about gaining an IT certification and how to join the MOS program.

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.

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Learning opportunities are available through CAPOD to enable you to develop your IT skills, for personal development and to help you work and study more effectively. 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

For all staff and research PGs

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 e-learning 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.

In addition, the following Microsoft Support Centre training links will provide additional support for self-led learning.


The email and calendaring system for staff and new students since 2015 is provided by Office 365. Microsoft training videos and tutorials for using the Outlook desktop client are available at the following links:

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 IT Training with further enquiries.



Sonny Evans

University of St Andrews

Hebdomadar's Block
St Salvator's Quad
75 North Street

St Andrews
KY16 9AJ
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: 01334 46(2591)