IT Services: Important changes to student password expiry dates

To improve our IT security, building stronger foundations for our digital future, we’re reducing the length of time your University password is valid for.

On Monday 24 January, we will begin to reduce the length of time that University network passwords are valid for from 210 days (7 months) to 180 days (6 months). We will make this change incrementally over a couple of weeks, which means that you will be required to change your University password sooner than you would normally expect to.

How will this impact me?

If your password is due to expire within 30 days you will receive an email from Password Manager notifying you of how many days you have left until it expires. 

Following the change, the number of days left until your password expires will reduce by two additional days for each day. For example, if you receive a notification on Monday saying you have 20 days until your password expires, you’ll receive another one on Tuesday to say you have 17 days, then 14 days on Wednesday and so forth.

Why are we doing this?

At the start of the pandemic in March 2020, we extended the length of password expiry dates to make it easier for staff and students working remotely during lockdown. It is important that we now change this back so that we once again comply with our information security policy to increase digital security at the University.

How do I change my password?

If you need to change your password then you can find a useful step by step guide on how to do this in our Knowledge Base article KB12702.


If you have any further questions about this change please contact the IT Service Desk.


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