- much larger mailboxes – eg 7GB or more
- a friendlier and more modern webmail to replace Squirrelmail
- you could keep the same email address after graduation, useful when applying for jobs
The email address would include your name (which you could choose), your year of entry, and ‘bristoluniversity’, though it wouldn’t be @bristol.ac.uk. For example Edward Smith who started in 2009 might be Ted.Smith.2009 <at> bristoluniversity.org.uk We haven’t decided on the domain after the @ yet, there are a few possibilities.
Separately you’d be able to choose at which address you want to receive official emails from the university. It could be at this new address or any other address you already have. Whichever is convenient to you, as it is important that you read these regularly.
There are two big firms offering this service to universities – Google and Microsoft. Both offer it free of charge, as they are keen to get students using their products. Quite a few unis already do student email this way, including UWE, Warwick and UCL. Emails aren’t stored onsite at the university, they are stored in a data centre run by the supplier. On the web you sign in through the portal, but then webmail functions like Google Mail or Outlook Web Access. You can also access email on your mobile phone.
We’ve got lots more info and FAQs (available to logged-on Bristol students & staff only).
We are at quite an early stage in this and we’d like to know what you think. Do you like the idea? Do you have any problems with it? What would you like to see in the service and how should it work?
Now is a great time to get in touch, so the plans can change according to feedback. You can comments on this blog, on the wiki, or email Nick.Skelton <at> bristol.ac.uk. Thoughts are welcome from anyone with an interest – current students, prospective students, alumni.
Thanks for your help!