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Remote access

Some Birkbeck applications and services are internet-enabled and can be accessed remotely with a browser and internet connection from any device. These include My Birkbeck (, Moodle ( and Outlook on the web (email) ( 

Other applications and services require access to the Birkbeck network. Remote devices can be connected to the Birkbeck network using the Virtual Private Network (VPN). 

download and set up a vpn client

To set-up and connect to the VPN follow the instructions in these install guides (requires login to Microsoft 365 with your Birkbeck email address and password):

vpn and multi-factor authentication (mfa)

The VPN is protected by Microsoft multi-factor authentication (MFA), which requires you to verify who you are when you connect to it. For more information see: 

Usernames, passwords and MFA

MFA on the Virtual Private Network (VPN). (requires login to Microsoft 365 with your Birkbeck email address and password)

remote labs

Remote Labs allows you to connect remotely to a PC in one of the IT workstation rooms, so you can access specialist software (including Nvivo and Adobe Creative Cloud). You must be connected to the network to use Remote Labs. Please connect to the VPN then follow the instructions in the Remote Labs guide (PDF file).

STAFF ONLY – Information about remote access and connecting to the VPN is available in SharePoint. (Birkbeck email address and IT password required)