Nexus Information

Background
What is Nexus?
Where can I log in to Nexus? 
What is my Statistics email account? 
How can I get help with Nexus?
Further details 

Background
Every member of Oxford University has a Nexus account. All non-Msc Student members of the Department of Statistics have a Statistics email account.

You may wish to use these independently, but if you don't plan to check both account you should forward mail from one to the other so that you don't miss important messages.

What is Nexus?
See http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/nexus/ for more information.

Where can I log in to Nexus?
In all cases your Nexus account can be accessed via a browser at https://nexus.ox.ac.uk/owa
Windows users can also configure Outlook to access their Nexus account which will provide more features. Some additional features are also available with other clients such as Thunderbird.

What is my Statistics email account?
http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/about_us/it_information/restrictedaccess/email_faq

How can I get help with Nexus?
The Nexus service is managed by OUCS so in the first instance please look at http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/help.

Further details
The OUCS Groupware project is aimed to improve significantly the tools for academic collaboration. As well has enhanced provision for mobile computing it will include support for

  • email
  • University wide address lists
  • public and private calendaring
  • document storage for collaboration within the University and beyond

A significant part of this project concerns OUCS mail services. The current system, Herald, which provides email access via POP/IMAP and webmail, is being replaced by a Microsoft Exchange service, Nexus.

Almost all Colleges, all of central Administration, and most Departments are now or will very shortly be using Nexus as their primary or sole mail service.  At the last count 30,000 users have been migrated to Nexus. A mail service based on Microsoft Exchange provides a feature known as the Global Address List. This allows the email addresses of all registered users to be available to all users when sending messages.

When inactive Herald accounts are migrated to Nexus the user's email address will be added to the Global Address List. So when another Nexus user composes a message the Global Address List will be searched for a list of matching email addresses to provide a recipient. Unless measures are taken to provide automatic forwarding to the appropriate Statistics email address for these accounts a substantial amount of email from outside the Department but within the University could be appear to be delivered successfully but will never be read as the email will remain on Nexus.