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Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD)

Information Services has been working with Microsoft to deploy a virtual desktop environment. This will make our specialist teaching applications available to the user community no matter where they are based, and no matter what IT hardware they have access to.

The solution we are deploying can be accessed from Windows, Macs, even Chromebooks and iPads!


For general help with using the WVD service, please contact


We’d appreciate any feedback on the new WVD. Please send feedback by email,

Access to Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD)

Use WVD to access applications you can't get on your computer whilst you're away from campus and without access to a library or lab computer.

Express desktop

This is a simple environment with Windows, Office and web browsers, which replicates the standard desktop environment which is used by Professional Services staff.

Centrally Managed Lab desktop

This contains most of the specialist software used for teaching – tools such as SPSS, Minitab, Visual Studio. Please see the link to the Student Software for full list.

Access WVD

Access using a web browser

  1. Go to Windows Virtual Desktop.
  2. Sign in with your University email address and password.

To learn more about how to use the web client see Microsoft's documentation

Access using the Remote Desktop App

For better graphical performance, you can download the native Remote Desktop Client software

There's no need to log in to WVD for the following:

  • checking your University email
  • accessing Microsoft Office Applications (sign in with University credentials)
  • browsing the internet
  • video and audio conferencing see Video and Audio Conferencing options below

Logging out of the WVD

To log out of the WVD properly, use the large red ‘Logout’ button on the desktop.


For the most up-to-date lists of available software, please see software on campus computers.