Protect your university Microsoft 365 account with multi-factor authentication

Wednesday, 26 January 2022
All students must set up MFA to secure their account – check your faculty deadline to avoid losing access to your Microsoft account.

Last year, Digital and Technology Services announced Multi-Factor Authentication would be required by all users to help reduce the risk of cyber and phishing attacks and to safeguard the university network, users’ data and identity.

New deadlines have been set for students by each Faculty and are being communicated locally:

Faculty / school


Medicine & Health Sciences (except for Life Sciences)

Monday 31 January


Monday 14 February


Monday 21 February


Monday 28 February

Social Science

Monday 21 March

Life Sciences

Monday 28 March

Action required

Set up MFA and secure your account by following these steps:

  1. Set up MFA if you haven’t already, visit the DTS website for instructions 
  2. Submit the secure M365 Form

After you submit the Form, you may need to approve authentication a few times for each app and device that you use but after that, you won’t be prompted for a further 90 days as long as you use the same device and browser.

If you use a university managed Windows 10 device (such as a PC in Libraries or a Computer Room), you shouldn’t be prompted for authentication after initial set up, as long as the device is compliant (it has up-to-date security policies).

On each deadline date, users' 365 accounts will have a security policy automatically applied – this could prevent you accessing Microsoft services if you don’t set up MFA. It is really important you act now to prevent any disruption.

Need help?

If you need help with setting up MFA or have questions about approval methods, you can ask our staff. We have a mix of on-campus, virtual and telephone support options:

Please check the MFA help and support page for the latest details.

Student Communications Officer

Communications and Marketing
University Park Campus
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone:+44 (0)115 82 32353