Mobile Project

Please be aware that iOS 9 was released on 16th September 2015, if you haven’t already, you should find out how to update your device to the latest version.

This page is designed for students involved with our Mobile Project, and contains useful information regarding connecting to University of Bristol services from mobile devices, popular apps and services to consider, as well as methods of communication with the TEL team, and each other.

Quick Links:

Getting Started

Staying in touch

We’ve set up a number of communication channels so you’re able to discuss, leave feedback and share thoughts on your experiences as they progress.

Google Drive: when logged in with your University Google account, we’ll be able to add you to shared Google Documents as and when needed.

If you’d like to look at a copy of the Loan Agreement you can see it here in pdf format, and will require your University login to access.

Apple Getting Started guides

If you are very new to the Apple and specifically iOS user interface, you may find the links below interesting to get an idea about how to set up a device from scratch, and a bit of background history about Apple’s mobile operating system.
Introduction to Apple iOS

If you haven’t already, you may want to start by connecting your mobile device to the eduroam network to allow you to download apps and sign in to your own services. You should bear in mind that as University of Bristol students you have access to Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive, both useful cloud storage services that come with their own document editing tools (Office and Google Docs respectively).

Useful apps and web services:

We have provided a list of apps, many of which we use or have used ourselves, for you to consider as a starting point when first configuring your device. There are a huge variety of services and tools across all mobile devices that exist, and half the pleasure of owning one is exploring which works best for you. With that in mind, please feel free to share any apps you’ve had a good experience with in the Padlet below. Just double click on it to make a post.

We would encourage you to explore these options for yourself and to find a combination that you find most productive and pleasing.

In the list below, clicking on the name of the service will link to its web page, or useful information about the service.
Click on iOS, Android, or Multi-platform to go directly to the relevant store for the particular app.

Note Taking and Productivity

News and Feeds

Cloud Storage and VLE

Web Browsing

Education & Medicine


Useful Services:

If you haven’t already, you may find it useful to sign up to a number of different services mentioned below. There are a huge number of free open access resources on the web, and having access to these might be very useful.

Cloud Storage – e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive, Onedrive, iCloud. If you’ve never heard of, or used cloud storage, it is essentially a very useful way of sharing files with yourself (on multiple devices) as well as with other people. Cloud storage works in three stages, and to briefly explain, I’ll use Dropbox as an example:

  • Say you open a pdf on an iPad and you choose to ‘Open in…’ your Dropbox app.
  • Once you save the file, the app will discretely tell your device to upload that file to a Dropbox online server.
  • Then, other devices on which you might have Dropbox installed (like your laptop) can automatically download that file (synchronise) so that the files in the Dropbox app on your iPad and the files in your Dropbox folder on your laptop are mirrored.

Within a short space of time your file has gone from your iPad to your laptop (via the internet) without really having to do anything. Of course you can also access and manage your online files directly through a web page if you choose to. To have a closer look you might want to view the Dropbox tour.

The University provides every student with 30gb of free Google Drive storage, accessible through your University account. As part of this, you also get access to Google Docs, which is a suite of web-based productivity tools (wordprocessor, spreadsheet, presentation, etc.) which allow you to simultaneously edit documents with other people on the fly.

YoutubeSigning up for a Youtube (Google) account means you can subscribe to a variety of content providers who have/will provide free high quality content. A few examples are:

Twitter – you don’t necessarily have to register for Twitter to access the many resources available, however it will let you interact with other users and help organise content more easily. It will allow you to follow people that post regular news on topics that are interesting to you. There are also some really useful hashtags that host a goldmine of medical education resources:

Resources for connecting to University of Bristol services via your mobile device:

Connect to the eduroam wireless network, available in most of our Academies.

University of Bristol IT Services: iOS configuration instructions- this will help you set up your Apple device to connect to UoB services.

Find out more about connecting back to the University network at the Academies.

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