Overview: SharePoint

Microsoft SharePoint is a web-based collaborative platform that can be used for storing and sharing content securely, as well as to create secure websites, such as intranets.

We are currently running two concurrent versions of SharePoint:

  • SharePoint Online - this new version is part of the Nexus 365 suite of applications, is cloud-based and became available to members of the University in November 2020
  • SharePoint 2013 "on-premise" (Including MySites / OneDrive On Premises)- Currently in wind-down with closure of the service scheduled for April 2023. 

SharePoint on-premise

Warning: SharePoint On-Premise will be switched off in April 2023

SharePoint On-Premise (including MySites / OneDrive On premise) will be switched off in April 2023, at which point the service will no longer be available.


You are strongly encouraged to move content over to SharePoint Online as soon as possible if you haven't already. Please contact your Site Collection Administrators or Site Owners if you require assistance with this. To reiterate, SharePoint on-premise will be switched off in April 2023, at which point the service will no longer be available.

SharePoint Online

SharePoint Online, the cloud-based version of SharePoint, is now available to colleagues across the University. This is part of the Nexus365 suite of applications. 

Meeting solution in SharePoint Online

There are two versions of a Meeting Solution in SharePoint Online, which are now available:

  1. Basic Meeting Site, which provides the functionality for a meeting with documents
  2. Committee Meeting Site, which provides functionality for meetings, with documentation and security levels to manage who can access what content

You can easily request a Meeting Solution through IT self service - on the "Type of site" drop-down, select either "Basic Meeting site" or "Committee Meeting site". 

For more information, please see the Meeting Solution for SharePoint Online page on the IT Help website. 

Getting started with SharePoint Online

There is a lot of information about SharePoint Online on this website. We suggest you might want to read the following pages and Quick Reference Guides before requesting new sites:

Get SharePoint Online

There is further information and guidance about SharePoint Online on the projects website:

SharePoint Online sites are provided "out-of-the-box" without customisation, so Microsoft’s support website, and other external help websites, are accurate sources of additional advice.

Get support

If you cannot find the solution you need here then we have other ways to get IT support