ISS is in charge of keeping the University IT systems secure and for providing appropriate levels of access to those who need it.

When you log on to the University network using your username and password your credentials are authenticated and, if successful, you are granted access to the services, systems and data appropriate to you. You are responsible for what happens to the university systems or data accessed by yourself whilst you are logged on. This applies even if it is someone else who has gained access using your credentials. 

Watch the video below to find out three tops tips for keeping your password secure and safeguarding the information that it protects. 




Frequently Asked Questions

 How do I create a good, strong password?

There is lots of advice around choosing a good password. Some suggest picking lots of different symbols and random characters such as Phyd75$g7F, but unless you are using a password manager, these are very difficult to remember and encourage password reuse.

It is recommended, to create a long password with some complexity of mixed characters — but ensure it's still memorable.

Using a long password with different words and some symbols or numbers in the middle makes it practically impossible for others to guess e.g. Glove&&&shopping

For example, the password Phyd7^5$g7F would take 19.24 years to crack, assuming a fast offline attack method. However, the password Glove&&&shopping would take 23.89 billion centuries to crack using the same method and is much easier to remember.

Now your password is secure you need to make sure that you only enter it into the correct place and not reuse passwords across other sites.




 How do I change my University password?

If you can remember your current password, change the password yourself on our online password change page.

You will need to enter your username and current password in the relevant fields, then your new password.

When trying to change the password please ensure the new password:

  • Is at least 8 characters or more in length;
  • does not contain any personal information (such as date of birth, address, etc.);
  • does not use any easy to guess words (such as lancaster or password);
  • Is a completely new password; and
  • Makes the bar to the right turn green.

You can increase the complexity of your password by including more upper case letters, numbers and symbols in the password. Not using a dictionary word, or use repeated letters or sequences of letters in the password will also help.


If you cannot remember your password, read the Forgotten your password? advice.




 How do I register for online password reset?

The online password reset service enables you to reset your University account password online.

To be able to reset your password you must have previously registered a personal email address to which a verification email can be sent. Instructions on how to do this are included below.

Please see Register for online password reset




 How do I register for password reset by phone?

The Password Reset by Phone service enables you to have your University Account password reset by phoning the ISS Service Desk.

To use this service, you will need to Register to enable password reset by phone.


 What are the key points of the University Password Policy?

The key points of the University Passwords Policy include:

  • Your password must be at least 10 characters in length.
  • Having changed your password, you cannot change it again until 24 hours has elapsed.
  • After 3 failed attempts in 10 minutes, your account is locked out for 2 minutes.


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