What can I use my Skype for Business account for?

As a student at Leeds Beckett University you have access to Skype for Business to contact colleagues across the university. The following table lists the functions that are available to use and a couple that aren't available:

Functionality

Enabled?

Notes

Making audio and/or video calls

Yes

Free calls to staff and students within the LBU community. You should always start a call as audio and add video if needed.

Contacts

Yes

You have access to the LBU address book, and you can save key contacts in your own groups within Skype for Business.

Check availability

Yes

You can check to see if the person you need to contact is available. That way you can avoid contacting someone who is ‘away’ or ‘busy’.

Instant messaging

Yes

You can chat privately to colleagues across LBU in real-time as an alternative to calling or email.

Conversation history

Yes

Skype for Business saves a history of conversations that you can access as a reminder of the conversation.

Group chat

Yes

You can chat with multiple colleagues at one time, great if your group aren’t all available at the same place.

Skype for Business meetings

Yes

You can create or join online meetings through Skype for Business.

Integrated with Outlook

Yes

All meeting requests link to your Outlook calendar.

Share documents

Yes

You can share documents during meetings and if they are saved in OneDrive everyone in the meeting can collaborate on the document.

Screen sharing

Yes

You can share your desktop, an application or document in real-time whilst on a Skype for Business call or meeting.

PowerPoint presentation

Yes

You can present a PowerPoint presentation directly during a Skype for Business call or meeting.

Whiteboard

Yes

Great for exploring and sharing ideas whilst online.

Polls/Q&A

Yes

Gather live feedback during a meeting.

Attachments

Yes

Send attachments through Skype for Business whilst in a call or meeting.

Dial pad

No

You can search for who you wish to contact without knowing their number.

External calls

No

Skype for Business is to be used as a way of contacting colleagues across LBU.

Voicemail and call forwarding

No

Students don’t get voicemail, nor can they forward their Skype for Business to an alternative number.

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