Online learning

We have experience of delivering online distance learning courses and a variety of digital services. Find out how we’ll support you, wherever you are.

Moving teaching online

We have suspended all face-to-face teaching and started online teaching. This happened on Monday 23 March.

We are sharing specific information on how to learn online, so keep checking your emails and look out for this guidance.

Your wellbeing will always be our number one priority and we hope you understand this measure has been taken as we believe it’s best for our community.

We will provide as much help and support as possible.

Accessing online teaching

Practical tips for improving your broadband speed

Ofcom has provided a list of tips – such as connecting to your router using a cable instead of relying on wi-fi.

Studying online

In addition to your current modules, you can enrol on a Canvas module to maximise your learning online. It covers how to engage in discussion forums and tips for creating your own personal study space.

Access the programmes you use most with Office 365

You can install Microsoft Office 365 – including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, Publisher and Outlook – on personally-owned computers and mobile devices at no cost, and access 1TB of free storage. Find out about installing Office 365.

Software you can install at home

There are more than 100 different software titles you can install on your computer, including Adobe Creative Cloud, SPSS, Solidworks, Matlab, and MindView. See the University’s full software list.

Researching online

Key Library resources can also be accessed remotely. Library Search is a great place to begin your searching and on your Library Subject Guides you’ll find the highest quality academic resources for your subject area.

If you need help with any of these resources, there’s an instant messaging service on the Library website.

Alternatively, see the Library's common questions.

We will continue to offer a remote Library service. Use Library Chat to keep in touch and ask us any questions you have. This will be staffed from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Questions can also be emailed to

The Library will continue to offer one-to-one support, delivered remotely. You can book a time using this online form. Support, including online tutorials, is also available through Skills Hub.

Online support

Start by looking at Sussex materials as these have been designed specifically for you. A great example of this is Skills Hub. Here you’ll find tips on time management, essay writing, referencing guidance, advice on digital wellbeing and much more.

See our guidance about assistive technology for students, such as support for learners with literacy difficulties.

Online learning advice

Make the most of your online learning by reading the dedicated Canvas module on how to maximise your learning online.