Online support for your studies

Our enhanced digital offer gives you access to a range of resources to support your studies. You may have experience of using online learning resources already, or it may be a new way of learning for you.

Regardless of your previous experience, some of our services and platforms will be new to you. You will receive your student username and password when you are invited to complete Online Registration. Once you have completed Online Registration, you will be able to access University systems and services. Studying online is a skill to practise and develop, so take time to explore the information and the support available to you.

Online study skills support

Developing good skills for studying is essential, whether this is your first time studying at University or you're returning to postgraduate study. Brush up on your time management, expand your research skills, and find support from our dedicated Academic Skills Centre and Research Skills team.

Explore study support


Canvas is the University's virtual learning environment (iVLE) and will be your main source of academic information throughout your time as a student here. You will use Canvas to access resources and course materials including lecture recordings, submit assessments, and access academic information. You will also use Canvas to access a range of other courses, such as the Digital Skills courses from the Academic Skills Centre, and English Language support from the Birmingham International Academy.

Visit Canvas

Canvas will be your main source of academic information

Help with Canvas

You can view our Canvas tutorial to help you understand how to use it, or access 24/7 Canvas support if you have any problems.

If you have any problems with your username or password, you will need to contact the IT Service Desk.

Meetings and live sessions

You will have access to Microsoft Teams, an online space where you can text and video chat with fellow students, share files, take part in meetings and work collaboratively. Teams allows you to carry on working on your group projects and share ideas with classmates even when you’re not on campus.

Find out more about Teams

We are also using Zoom to manage some online activities, so departments will direct you to this where relevant.

Free Microsoft 365 software

Microsoft 365 is a cloud-based service bringing you free access to tools like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote on multiple devices, whilst you are a student. It also provides enhanced email storage and access for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.

Get started with Microsoft 365

Access the Library

Through our libraries, you have access to millions of resources, including a wide range of online services.


Use FindIt@Bham to search and access online and physical resources