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Accounts and passwords

Your Raven password, together with your CRSid (your University ID) lets you log in to the University’s computing services such as Wi-Fi, Desktop Services, your Cambridge email, Moodle, CamSIS and other online resources protected by Raven authentication.

How to get your Raven Password

Students

The Student Registry will email you about completing your registration and collecting your CRSid and temporary Raven password before you start your course at Cambridge. These will be sent to the email address you gave when you applied to the University. You can change your password to something more memorable on the Raven Password Management site.

Staff and visitors

Your CRSid and Registration Code will be given to you when you arrive at your institution. You will need to use these on the new user sign-up page to set up a temporary initial password. Make a note of this initial password, as you will not be able to retrieve it again. You must change your password to something more memorable on the Raven Password Management site.

Administrative staff

Your Administrative Computing Network (ACN) username and password will be given to you by the UAS Service Desk when you arrive at Cambridge. These give you access to your email (unless you are in ICE), the ACN Desktop, its storage drives and the Remote Desktop.

Choose a strong password

Cyber security at CambridgeYour Raven password protects your valuable personal data, so it's critical that you choose something that can't easily be cracked, but that you can remember.

The current best practice advice is to pick three random words, for example:

tango-teakettle-barbecue

The National Cyber Security Centre provides some useful advice in their blog post Three random words or #thinkrandom.

You can see how long it would take a computer to crack your password at the
How Secure Is My Password website (in our example, it's three decillion years!).

Please don't share your password with anyone else, no matter how much you trust them, and please don't use the same password you use for Raven on any other sites or systems.

Set up your self-service password recovery

Password recovery screenshotYou can reset your Raven password using a recovery token sent to a recovery email address or mobile phone number, if you've configured your password recovery options.

To do this, log in to the Raven Password Management site and follow the 'Configure' link under 'Self-service password recovery'.

You'll need to nominate a recovery email address or mobile phone number (or both) and set up at least two security questions. The answers to your security questions should be information that only you know and that wouldn't be easy to find online (for example, avoid things that you might have posted on Facebook or other social media sites).

If you've forgotten your password

If you forget your Raven password, you can reset it in two ways:

  • Self-service password recovery: visit the self-service password recovery site and click the 'Reset your password' button.

  • Password reset token: Most colleges and departments also have an authorised password resetter who can give you a code to reset your password. You can also get one by visiting UIS. You'll need to show either your University Card, passport or photo driving licence as proof of identity. Find out more.

Problem solving

If you're having problems accessing online University systems, use the Raven test page to check that your Raven password is working correctly. If it isn't, you'll need to recover your password (see above). 

If your password is working but you're still having problems accessing a particular system, you'll need to contact your local IT support to arrange access. If they're unable to help, contact the UIS Service Desk.

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