Digital and Technology Services

Remote Desktop and WakeMyPC

Use remote desktop to access and use your computer at work from a personal computer at home. This allows you to use all of the systems, applications, connections and files on your usual work computer.



When should I use Remote Desktop?

Using the WakeMyPC website, staff and postgraduate research students can turn on their work computers, allowing them to use remote services wherever and whenever they want.

check_circle   Your home PC will display exactly what your office monitor would normally display

check_circle   Share your home PC’s disk drives with your office PC to transfer files

check_circle   Available to staff and postgraduate research students



How do I remote into my PC or laptop?

  1. Connect to the university VPN service (when off-campus)
  2. Visit WakeMyPC
  3. Enter your username
  4. Click 'Wake' next to the computer you want to access
  5. After waking your PC:
  • Windows - Start Remote Desktop Connection
  • Android, Apple iOS and macOS - Download the Microsoft Remote Desktop app



Setting up Remote Desktop

Step 1: Set up Multi-Factor Authentication

To use Remote Desktop when you are not connected to the university network, you must first register a device to use Multi-Factor Authentication. 

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) increases the security of remote access services by requiring multiple forms of verification. Users must approve access requests each time they access a remote service such as VPN or Remote Desktop.

You will need:

  • A computer (desktop/laptop) to set up your MFA account
  • A mobile device (SIM-enabled smartphone/tablet/iPad) to approve access requests via MFA
  • Your University login details

Mobile device request   Install 'Microsoft Authenticator' from your mobile device's app store

Windows Virtual Desktop   Configure MFA across devices - once MFA is installed on your mobile device, use your University email address and password to sign in to on your computer

Configure MFA instructions (Workspace log in required)

Step 2: Set up the university VPN

Before accessing a Remote Desktop PC on campus, users must set up the VPN. Follow the user guides for your operating system (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS/Android):

Virtual Private Network (VPN) instructions (Workspace log in required)

Step 3: Set up Remote Desktop

Follow the user guides for your operating system (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS/Android):

Remote Desktop instructions (Workspace log in required)


Detailed instructions with screenshots are available on the links below (Workspace log in required):

Multi-Factor Authentication

Remote Desktop


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