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Staff email migration to Office 365

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Staff email will shortly be migrating to Office 365

Last updated: 12/Mar/2020


For those staff who have access to Office 365 you can find the main project information in SharePoint available at: Migrating staff email into Office 365 (Exchange online) -Project Information Page (

However, for those users who do not have access to Office 365, specific guidance and information about the project will be provided here.


The project will be split up into 3 phases in terms of communication: 

Phase 1 - Introduction - introduce staff to the project, highlight key changes that will happen before migrations start and outline what staff need to do for their mailbox to migrate successfully.

Phase 2 - Prepare for Migrations - remind staff of what they will need to do for their mailbox to migrate successfully, explain how the migrations will work and what will happen, and suggest potential timelines. 

Phase 3 - Time to Migrate - communicate to staff to inform when their mailbox will migrate, what they will need to do and what to do in the event of any issues.


Phase 1 - Introduction

The purpose of the introduction phase is for us to give you an overview of what is happening in the project and what you can do to help ease the journey. 

Our goal as part of the introduction phase:

  • Explain what is going to happen
  • Explain any immediate changes that have to happen prior to migrations 
  • Explain what you can do to help - the section below details how you can check your email client is supported and how to check you are duo enrolled. Please carry out both these checks to ensure your mailbox will migrate successfully


Important things to note:

  • Voicemail and Email archiving/journaling will be disabled at the end of this phase
  • Older mail clients will no longer be supported, and you will need to use DUO when logging into email once migrated


Advice on reviewing that your email clients support Office 365

Office 365 brings enhanced security and functionality which requires the use of more modern email clients. Staff must use a supported mail client to ensure they can continue to access university email after they are migrated. Your email client must support what is known as “Modern Authentication” (technically known as "OAuth2").

If you are already using Outlook 365 or Apple Mail (requires iPhone/iPad iOS 11 or MacOS 10.14 or above) on your desktop or mobile device, or you only use Outlook Web Mail (OWA), then you do not need to take any action. 

If you have received a university laptop over the last 6 months then you will already have a supported email client installed, this will be Outlook 365.

You should check which version of Outlook you are using and take action if it's not supported:

  • Check which version of Outlook you are using; you can do this by following this guide:
    • If you have version, 2007, 2010 or 2013 then you MUST take action as soon as possible to upgrade to Outlook 365 or you won't be able to access your university email using your Outlook once your mailbox is migrated. 
    • If you have version 2016 then this will only be supported until November 2021, so please look to upgrade to Outlook 365 at your earliest convenience. We recommend upgrading to Outlook 365 as soon as possible as some Office 365 specific functionality may not work fully in Outlook 2016.
  • Upgrade your version of Microsoft Office to 365
  • Verify your Outlook client is not using "Online" mode; you may experience performance issues once migrated if you are using Outlook in "Online" mode as your client should be in "Cached" mode. This is only applicable for Desktop versions of Outlook and not tablets/phones.


Once your mailbox has been migrated and if you still experience issues with Outlook after performing the above steps, then please contact the IT Service Desk; you can use Outlook Web Mail via whilst you wait for your issue to be resolved. If you need to use an Outlook desktop specific functionality then you can use Outlook in Desktop Anywhere/Citrix via, however we ask staff only use this temporarily whilst they wait for their issues to be resolved and go back to using Outlook on their devices.


Advice on checking if you are DUO enrolled

If you have accessed Office 365 (for example, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams) off-campus then you will probably already be enrolled into DUO and you do not need to take any action.

Alternatively, you can check yourself, this must be done when you are off campus, by logging into Desktop Anywhere (Citrix) via

If you are not DUO enrolled you will get an error message advising that you are not enrolled yet, follow the instructions here to enrol yourself:  

If you are unsure if you are DUO enrolled or not and are unable to check via the above method, please do not worry. We will be contacting those who need to enrol into DUO separately with all the information they need on how to enrol


Phase 2 -Preparing to Migrate

This phase is all about us raising awareness of the upcoming migrations and ensuring staff are comfortable that they have identified any pre-requisites that apply to themselves and carried out the advice we have given. 

Important things to note as part of this phase:

  • Please ensure you have checked that you are using a supported mail client and that you are duo-enrolled. See Phase 1 (above) for more information on this.
  • We are hoping to migrate mailboxes between April and July with contingency into August, but we will contact you directly once we have assigned you to a migration group and have an exact date of when you will be migrating - there is nothing you need to do at this stage apart from the above checks. 
  • As we complete some pre-work during this phase, the way spam emails are managed will be changing


Spam Management is changing

 What’s changing?

As part of the email migration project, our email protection is being moved to Microsoft Exchange Online Protection. This gives us protection from spam, phishing, and spoof emails as well as email attachments containing viruses. As part of this change, you will no longer receive the daily quarantine emails from Instead, the most dangerous emails will be blocked before they ever reach you. Any other unwanted emails will be diverted into your ‘Junk Email’ folder – this way they arrive straight away, but they do not clutter your inbox. The way to report spam messages that have slipped through and been delivered to your Inbox will also change.  

When is this happening?

The current plan is for this change to take place on 15th March.

 What do I need to do?

There are no specific actions you need to take at this point.

Please be aware that your quarantine emails will stop around 15th March. After that:

  • Spam emails will be delivered to your Junk folder - if an email ends up in your Junk folder but is not spam, just move it to your inbox.
  • If an email is genuine spam and you want to report it, forward the email as an attachment to (this is not possible on iPads and iPhones)