The filedrop facility at http://filedrop.stir.ac.uk has been revamped and improved in preparation for the launch of a new student email system.
The filedrop allows users to work around the limits that are placed on the size of attachments in various email systems including the current student email system, SquirrelMail and the soon to be introduced new student email system ‘Office365 – Outlook webapp’.
If you need to send a file larger than 25MB to a student or larger than 32MB to a member of staff, you can use the file drop facility to do this.
This allows exchange of files of up to 2.0GB in both directions between staff, students, and third parties (not members of the University). The sender uploads the file they want to “send” to a secure storage location. The system then emails a unique URL for the file location to the recipient. All they have to do is click the link to download the file. The system works in the same way as other web-based services such as Dropbox.com but it has the advantage that the files never leave University servers until the intended recipient downloads them. This makes the University’s File Drop service more secure for confidential data than any service operated by a third party.
This facility, available at https://filedrop.stir.ac.uk has been available for some time but has been recently re-launched with a new look interface, larger file size limit, built in help pages, and the option to email a request for a file drop to someone who does not have a University user account.
If you have any feedback about the new filedrop service, please email the Information Centre.