Tips for setting your university password

If you are a new student at HWU you will  be issued with a confirmation letter with your IT UserID and password on it at the end of the enrolment process.

This UserID and password is used to log into a number of centrally supported services e.g.

  • University desktop PCs
  • Vision
  • WebMail
  • Wifi
  • Library resources e.g. databases and other electronic resources when off-campus

The IT password on your confirmation letter is randomly generated – so you could change this to something that you will remember more easily.

passwordTips when choosing a new password

  • Make it at least 8 characters long (between 8 – 14 is recommended)
  • Don’t use words in any in any dictionary of any language
  • Use a mixture of upper and lower case, numbers and symbols
  • Make it something you will remember – but others will find difficult to guess (it’s a good idea to use an acronym for something that is meaningful to you)
  • Substitute some letters with numbers and symbols


My favorite sport is squash could be abbreviated and then coded to become m1f4vs1s
Sunshine and showers in Scotland could become ss&551n5l4nd

Bad passwords (just a few examples…)

  • password
  • qwerty
  • iloveyou
  • 123456 (or any extension of…)
  • abc123
  • zxcvbn

Watch a short video on choosing passwords –

To change your passwordchangepassword

  1. Double click the change password icon on the HWU desktop (or go to
  2. Click Change My Password
  3. Complete the details as required

Note: you can also reset your password at the same place by choosing Forgot My Password

And remember, don’t …

  • share your password with anyone
  • write it down and keep it on your desk (or anywhere else anyone can pick it up)

See Passwords and PINs

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