Using UniLife: A Walk-Through Guide
- UniLife is the Student Portal for the University of South Wales
- Only the UniLife homepage and account pages require a log in
- Blackboard / UniLearn, Mail, calendar and documents can be accessed via UniLife
- UniLife also has job listings, Marketplace and other functions
What is UniLife?
UniLife is the main student portal of the University of South Wales. ‘UniLife’ is also used as an umbrella term for various student information web sites provided by the University, which are often referred to as ‘UniLife Channels’.
To give feedback about any aspect of UniLife please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UniLife without a UniLife login
Most areas of UniLife are open and accessible without a student login. Only the homepage and certain account-specific pages are not available.
UniLife home page
- UniLife uses a responsive design and will look different depending on your screen size, and on mobile devices.
- Search can help you find information, it searches UniLife and all its channels.
- There’s a UniLife app for iOS and Android devices.
- If you need to enrol, you will see a banner prominently near the top of the homepage.
- Important announcements are displayed prominently near the top of the homepage.
- There is a menu near the top left for the different information categories covered by UniLife.
- The promo area (sliding picture with text) changes almost every working day.
- Your News and Events are personalised and you can choose which channels to get updates from.
- Online services such as Your Study, email, calendar, cloud storage, appointment booking and e-learning systems are found in the area with the light blue background.
- “Quick Links” go to some of the most popular parts of UniLife.
- Polls usually run weekly on the UniLife homepage.
- Marketplace is a popular classifieds tool.
- “Today’s Menus” show what’s being served in our campus eateries each day.
- The Feedback link in the footer of every UniLife page allows you to send comments or ask questions.
The enrolment banner appears at the start of the academic year, until shortly after you have enrolled. It lets you know that you can use the online enrolment facility. After you’ve enrolled online you’ll still have to attend some induction events on campus.
The “Your Study” are of the UniLife homepage collects together important online resources related to studying at USW, including a link to UniLearn (Blackboard and for some students Moodle), library resources, induction and timetable information, and IT Support.
Your Mail, Your Calendar, Your Storage
The UniLife homepage has a prominent link to Your Mail. This takes you to your email account, which is the standard Gmail service tied to your University email address.
This area also shows the current timetabling week number, which can be useful when using the online timetabling tool.
Your Storage lets you store files online. Based on Google Drive, this includes a word processor, spreadsheet software and presentation software, with documents stored and edited online. The UniLife team have prepared a page about Google Drive.
Your Account lets you check and update information about yourself (e.g. your address and the courses and modules you’re enrolled on), see your library account, see any outstanding debts to the University and select which UniLife channels you subscribe to.
You can also configure your “Public profile”, shown to other students as part of the Student List, or opt out of being listed.
Make a payment
“Make a Payment” goes to your finance account, with a display of any money you might owe to the University and how to query the debt or pay it.
Links to a wide rage of web tools.
You can book an appointment for many services online.
The Job Vacancies feed on the home page lists the latest jobs from the Careers and Employability Service’s database.
To get the most out of UniLife, personalise it by subscribing to the UniLife Channels that interest you.
What to do if UniLife is broken
On the rare occasions when UniLife disruption occurs, the UniLife team use our UniLife Facebook profile and our UniLife Twitter feed to communicate. This is only possible if the disruption does not affect the University’s entire internet connection, and the team’s responsiveness is generally limited to normal office hours.