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Staff remote connection

To improve security, the college now requires you to connect to our systems via a VPN before connecting to RAS.

If you have not already done so, you will need to set up a device to use multi-factor authentication.

Instructions on how to do this can be found here.

Please note the step by step guide below is for personal devices only. College-issued devices are already set up to connect to the VPN.

Step-by-step guide

Step 1 - Connect to the college VPN


Step 2 - Connect to the college VPN

  • Download the remote desktop connection file here and then run the file, following the on-screen prompts.
    If you are using a Mac, you will need to download Microsoft Remote Desktop from the Mac App Store.

There are helpful instructions available here as well as a brief video guide.


Step 3 - Log in

  • Username: enter it as follows: idnumber@westnotts.ac.uk; e.g. if your college username is joh123456 then you should enter joh123456@westnotts.ac.uk
  • Password: Please enter your normal college password.

Please be aware that to use the following resources you do not need a remote connection - they are available direct on the internet:


Get help and support

If you have any problems accessing the system please contact the IT Helpdesk.

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