Password Management

Your Password is your secure unique key to access University Resources. Managing your password is an important part of securing your account. This page helps you to set up your password recovery options, change or reset your forgotten password and provide some tips on password management. Please read the password tips before you choose a password.

Remember you should never tell anyone what your university password is. If you think that someone knows your password then change it immediately.

You cannot change your password without setting the password recovery options.

This is a one-off task that will allow you to change your password without calling the IT Service Desk.

Note for new students: For all new students joining Bucks, the self-service password recovery option is already set to your email address provided in the enrolment form.

Follow the instructions below to set up your password recovery options:

1. Click here to set up your password recovery options. You will be directed to a Microsoft page.

2. Sign in using one of the below formats that apply to you:

For Students (including Partner College students): StudentID@bucks.ac.uk (e.g 23456789@bucks.ac.uk)

For Bucks Staff: FirstName.LastName@bucks.ac.uk (e.g. Joe.Bloggs@bucks.ac.uk)

For Partner College Staff: FirstName.LastName@partner.bucks.ac.uk (e.g. Joe.Bloggs@partner.bucks.ac.uk)

Partner college staff do not need a Bucks email to reset their password, the above UPN will be set up to allow access.

Please ensure you are logged out of any Microsoft linked account before commencing setup (Outlook, Hotmail, Live, college or other organisational account)

3. You will be re-directed to the University sign in page, complete your sign by entering the above appropriate format as the username and your account password.

4. Don't lose access to your account! - set your password recovery options.

You can change your password recovery options at any time. Just remember you cannot do this without a valid password.

If you experience issues in setting up your password recovery options, please click here for a self-help guide with step by step instructions.

This will allow you to unlock your account or reset your forgotten or expired password.

Before you reset your password, make sure to setup your password recovery option.

Note for new students: For all new students joining Bucks, the self-service password recovery option is already set to the email address you provided in your enrolment form.

Follow the instructions below to unlock your account or rest your password:

1. Click here to reset your password or unlock your account.

2. Sign in using one of the below formats that apply to you and the captcha provided. Click "Next".

For Students (including Partner College students): StudentID@bucks.ac.uk (e.g 23456789@bucks.ac.uk)

For Bucks Staff: FirstName.LastName@bucks.ac.uk (e.g. Joe.Bloggs@bucks.ac.uk)

For Partner College Staff: FirstName.LastName@partner.bucks.ac.uk (e.g. Joe.Bloggs@partner.bucks.ac.uk) (Partner college staff do not need a Bucks email to reset their password, the above UPN will be set up to allow access).

Please ensure you are logged out of any Microsoft linked account before completing this (Outlook, Hotmail, Live, college or other organisational account)

3. Choose the “I forgot my password” if your password has expired or if you’ve forgotten it. Choose "I know my password, but still can't sign in" if your account is locked (this happens if you enter a wrong password multiple times) or reset your password).

4. Choose the desired recovery option (alternative email address, mobile number or security questions) A code will be sent to your chosen recovery option.

5. Enter the verification code and then click Next

6. Set a new password on your account

If you experience issues in resetting your password, please click here for a self-help guide with step by step instructions.

This will allow you to change your password anytime.

You must remember your password in order to change it. If you have forgotten your password, use the password reset link given in the "Reset your password" section above.

Follow the instructions below to change your password:

1. Click here to change your password.

2. Sign in using one of the below formats that apply to you:

For Students (including Partner College students): StudentID@bucks.ac.uk (e.g 23456789@bucks.ac.uk)

For Bucks Staff: FirstName.LastName@bucks.ac.uk (e.g. Joe.Bloggs@bucks.ac.uk)

For Partner College Staff: FirstName.LastName@partner.bucks.ac.uk (e.g. Joe.Bloggs@partner.bucks.ac.uk) (Partner college staff do not need a Bucks email to reset their password, the above UPN will be set up to allow access).

Please ensure you are logged out of any Microsoft linked account before completing this (Outlook, Hotmail, Live, college or other organisational account)

3. You will be re-directed to the University sign in page, complete your sign by entering the above appropriate format as the username and your account password.

4. Enter your old password and then set a new one.

If you experience issues in changing your password, please click here for a self-help guide with step by step instructions.

Manage your password

More information on managing your password in Office365 is available here

Your Bucks New University IT Account username and password are your key to accessing a wide range of resources at Bucks. By protecting your password, you also protect the important resources and data to which your password grants you access.

Tips when choosing a new password:

  • Must be at least 8 characters long
  • Remember, password is case sensitive
  • Must not include any of the following values: password test
  • Must not include part of your name or user name
  • Must not be your boy or girlfriend name, relative, dog, cat, budgie, car registration number, address
  • Must not include a common word or commonly used sequence of characters
  • Must have at least 3 types of the following characters:
    • Uppercase (A-Z)
    • Lowercase (a-z)
    • Number (0-9)
    • Symbol (!, #, $, etc.)
  • Other language characters not listed above
  • New password should not be any of your previously used passwords
  • You could make your password as an acronym

Good password examples:

  • bRITIsh LIOns can become riti-lio
  • The cat jumped over the moon could become Tcjotm4$
  • I love the game of cricket could become I#L#t#g#o#c

Bad password examples

  • password
  • test
  • iloveyou
  • 12345678
  • xyz123

DOs:

  • Change your password often
  • Every 120 days your password will expire; make sure you change it before your account is blocked due to password expiry
  • Make your password difficult to guess

DON’Ts:

  • Share your password with anyone
  • Perform financial transactions in public networks
  • Write it down and keep it on your desk or anywhere others can access easily
  • Avoid using the same password on multiple websites, all your accounts could be compromised in one go