How UCD Student Desk use Hangouts to chat with students?

By Catherine Mc Donnell, UCD Registry – Administrative Services

For support queries between students and Student Desk

Instructions for Students

  1. Go to and login with your UCD email details
  2. Click Message
  3. Add the student desk email address You may get a message about the domain, ignore.
  4. Send a request and we’ll reply as soon as we can between our opening hours

Instructions for Student Desk team

  1. Go to and login with email details
  2. On the left of the screen click on the 3 dots … and Invitations
  3. Click on the first pending invitation (at the bottom if there are a few) & Accept
  4. Begin chatting. Ask for;
    1. Student ID
    2. Date of birth
    3. What is the query?
  5. When the chat is finished log in UniShare as Chat
  6. Go to the settings cog in the top right of the chat & click Archive Conversation

Instructions for any staff using Hangouts & sharing a generic email address

During testing multiple people were chatting to the same student chat. In order to stop this do the following and only use the URL below for chats.

In your own email and in the generic email address for your team, do the following

  • Go into the cog in the top right and click Settings
  • Then select Chat
  • Turn Chat off

This will only turn it off in this tab. From now on all chats will be in this location so bookmark this and open it every day when you open your email.

Sample Chat Text

Hello STUDENTNAME my name is Catherine. Can I confirm your student ID and your date of birth please? (NB make sure to put your name at the start of the chat so the rest of the team know you are)

Keep checking the COVID-19 FAQs as they are updated daily

Opening Hours

10:00 to 17:00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

12:00 to 17 :00 Tuesday

Closed for lunch 13:00 to 14:00

Students can send a request for a chat any time but chats will only happen during these hours. Unfortunately if the student is in a timezone which does not fit into these hours they are asked to use the Connector.

Keep in Mind

Ensure to introduce yourself. We can see their name but the student can only see UCD Student Desk.