There are many reasons why the use of generic or group e-mail names is useful. This page hopefully explains the use of such e-mail names and helps you select the most appropriate for your use. It is very important that you consider the style of working very carefully in order to determine your preferred solution.
A shared mailbox is associated with an event, function, role or post (for example: distribution of prospectuses, a conference, a specific role, or a specific post).
The account is managed by an individual, who can request access for users.
The e-mail account may be accessed by any member of a team and is only used in association with the event, function, role or post. It must not be used for e-mail specific to a named individual.
The e-mail account can be temporary or permanent depending on its exact use.
When using this account any e-mail sent can be configured to show that it originated from the account and hence any replies will be returned to the account.
The account can be used directly from within Microsoft Outlook (as an extra “mailbox”) or via Outlook Web Access. In this instance all related e-mails will stored in the same account and will be accessible to individuals authorised to access the account.
Such accounts are not fully covered by the University Monitoring Policy in terms of access, as the accounts are assigned to a function and not an individual.
Request a shared mailbox
Configuration can be performed by IT Services, alternatively instructions are available below:
Connecting to a shared mailbox using Microsoft Outlook 2007 Connecting to a shared mailbox using Outlook Web Access Connecting to a shared mailbox using Entourage 2008 on Mac OS X
An e-mail ‘alias’ allows a secondary event, function, role or post-specific e-mail address to be attached to a single University e-mail account.
There is no actual e-mail account in this instance; e-mail sent to the e-mail 'alias' will be received by the individual in their personal account; additionally e-mail cannot be sent in the name of the e-mail ‘alias’, only in the name of individual.