WHAT YOU WILL NEED
Follow the information below to set you on your way.
You are automatically registered on the NWU network and provided with a NWU IT account after you have successfully registered your course and modules through the Academic registration process.
When you log into the NWU network for the first time, your User ID will be your NWU number and your password will be your RSA ID number or passport number if you are an international student.
When you are new to the NWU and receive your NWU number, your password is set to your RSA ID number@Nwu, or in the case of international students, your passport number@Nwu eg 1234567890123@Nwu. After your first login you then have to change your password.
Your password expires every 90 days. This is the password you use in conjunction with your NWU number to gain access to the majority of IT services.
Several computer labs are located on each campus for general use by students.
All computer labs are networked and have a standard computer lab image with software applications available, including standard office applications as well as course-related software. Simply use your NWU student number to log onto the PCs in the labs.
Additional Covid restrictions include that computers must be booked before use and is only available for certain times.
WIFI AND RESIDENCE NETWORK
The wireless network (WIFI) service provides you with access to the NWU Network. Wifi is installed in all buildings including residences and surrounding areas. You will use your NWU student number and password to log onto the NWUWifi, find out more.
All residence rooms are equipped with pre-installed network points. This service enables you to access the NWU Network, view more information.
ACCESS TO IT SERVICES
The information below will assist you to access services frequently use in your student life.
As a registered NWU student you have access to the Microsoft 365 subscription (by means of your Microsoft email address), which includes Office 365 Pro Plus (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access (PC only)) and Publisher (PC only). Services like Teams and OneDrive are also part of the Microsoft 365 subscription.
You will be issued with an NWU Gmail address upon registration with the university. This email address may be used for communication with the university.
This is the NWU web-based eLearning, collaboration, and research management system. You will use this service for your academic activities. You will use your NWU student number to log onto the eFundi system.
You have access to printing facilities that are widely available in computer labs and the libraries across the campuses
The Desktop virtualisation provides you with full on-campus Desktop experience wherever you are using a computer or mobile device capable of launching a browser or installing apps. The current Desktop being delivered includes software installed on a computer lab desktop software.
Keep your device safe from viruses by regularly installing updates for your operating system. Be aware and guard against phishing attacks.
STUDENT ELIGIBLE SOFTWARE
NWU pays for a number of software packages to be used under site licences. This means that you are allowed to use the software for as long as you are a student and that you’ll need to remove it once you leave NWU. In addition to site licensed software, the IT Service and Software page offers other useful free software.