The email service used by students and new HW staff is Microsoft Office 365.

Existing staff are being moved over to Office 365 during 2015 (you will be contacted when you are due to be moved).  Staff not yet on Office 365 should continue to use Outlook Webmail to access their email over the Internet.

The information on this web page is for the Microsoft Office 365 service.

Key Features

Microsoft Office 365 is a suite of collaboration tools that includes the Exchange hosted email service. The feature-rich email system includes:

Large mailbox quota 25 GB for each user
Available on mobile devices Access calendar entries and contacts, as well as email
Search e-mail Save your favourite email searches and reuse them
Calendar functions Share calendars with other Office 365 users
Anti-spam message filtering Integrated anti-spam tools
99.9% uptime Reliable assurance that you'll be able to reach your email from anywhere, whenever you need it
On/off campus access
Student/staff Email Go to
On Edinburgh campus You will get direct access
Off Edinburgh campus You must enter your HWU login and password

Use your HWU short username and password to login to Office 365 (the same login details that you use for Vision, the university desktop PCs and eduroam).

Remember to include (
On- and off- Scottish Borders Campus Use your University email address ( and University password to login to Office 365

NB Please do not use the username and password required for the Campus desktop PCs/Macs.


Quick setup: Adding your HWU email account to your mobile device

Most devices can be set up quickly and easily following the instructions below.


  1. Tap Settings
  2. Choose Mail, Contact, Calendar
  3. Tap Add Account and then Exchange
  4. Complete the fields e.g.
    Email: your HWU email address e.g. students:; staff:
    Password: your HWU password (same one that you use for Vision)
    Description: You can edit this if required e.g. Work email
  5. Tap Next
  6. Complete the fields e.g.
    Server:  leave blank
    Domain:  leave blank
    Username: both staff and students enter your username following the format
    Password: your HWU password (same one that you use for Vision)
    Description: edit if necessary
  7. Tap Next
    Your set up will be verified and ticks appear briefly to confirm
  8. Tap Save
    Messages Adding Account, Account Added appear briefly as set up is complete

If the Quick Setup fails on your device, you may need to follow the Operating Specific instructions on the web – see OS Specific: Adding your HWU email account to your mobile device below.

If/when requested the server name is:

OS Specific: Adding your HWU email account to your mobile device

We recommend that you follow instructions in the Quick Setup: Adding your HWU email account to your mobile device first.

If the Quick Setup fails, you will need to follow the Operating System specific instructions on the web.  Select your device from the options below.

If/when requested the server name is:

Phones currently (August 2015) listed on the operating system specific setup instructions are:

If your phone isn't listed on the operating system specific setup instructions follow the instructions at set up email on other internet-capable phones and tablets.

To identify your Office 365 server name (for POP, IMAP and SMTP access)

  1. Sign in to the Office 365 web client
  2. Click Settings in the top right
  3. Select Options
  4. Select Account at the top of the left hand menu
  5. Select POP and IMAP from the menu on the left (under Mail>Accounts)
  6. Take a note of the data required to complete the setup actions on your device
Reporting suspicious messages

We have several security measures in place to prevent you receiving spam, phishing emails, emails containing viruses etc.

Despite this a small percentage of potentially harmful messages do occasionally get through.

If you receive a message that you are suspicious of, do not reply to it, and do not open any attachments it has or follow any links within it  Please forward the message to:

We can then take action to block further messages (and any attempted responses).


Spam is usually defined as unsolicited electronic mail sent in bulk.

To the receiver, it usually seems like junk e-mail, the equivalent of junk surface mail and unsolicited phone marketing calls. Spam is usually no more than a nuisance, but some people find it distressing, especially if the content is offensive.

From the sender's point-of-view, it's a form of bulk mail, often to a list gathered from subscribers to discussion groups or collected by 'robots' traversing web pages. It is used by companies that specialise in creating e-mail distribution lists.

Spam cannot always be identified by its content. This is because some apparently unsolicited e-mail is, in fact, e-mail people agreed to receive when they registered with a site and checked a box agreeing to receive postings about particular products or interests.

Never reply to suspected spam messages as you are confirming the validity of your email address and will only receive further spam as a result!


A virus is a computer program which has been written to perform a malicious act such as disrupting a computer or sending spam.

Viruses can be passed from one computer to another through email, via a USB pen or other form of removable storage, or from downloads from some Internet sites.

Email messages often contain file attachments i.e. Word documents, Excel spreadsheets or Adobe PDF files and these can carry viruses. Information Services provide anti-virus software on both the Exchange email system and on the desktop PCs which we manage and we protect our systems from most viruses most of the time.

However new viruses are developed all the time and anti-virus suppliers are always playing catch up when it comes to updating their software to protect against these new viruses - so it is difficult to keep everyone 100% safe all of the time.

Staff and students should be vigilant and be wary of email attachments from sources that you do not recognise or expect a file from. You should also be careful about where you download anything from.

An email (not a reply to the message you are suspicious of) or a phone call may be all that is needed to check it out.

When you leave HWU

Your email is only valid when you are an active student or member of staff at Heriot Watt.

It is your responsibility to transfer any information you wish to keep out of your mailbox at the end of your studies or employment.

If you have a lot of information you could use a desktop version of Outlook to create a standalone .PST file (export file). The .PST file can be opened in Outlook even if you don't have an Office 365 mailbox. See Archiving mail for info.