Skype Group is now the Zoom Group

Zoom is a free phonecall and video call service that enables the user to our meeting for a chat anywhere in the world with no call charges! To use Zoom you need a computer, tablet or smartphone with the free software installed - or even just an ordinary phone.

We hold a regular weekly Zoom meeting on each Thursday at 11am UK time which usually lasts an hour. You can listen, type comments, speak and if you have a camera we will be able to see you, but it isnt obligatory. People visiting for the first time often just sit and listen. 

Go to https://zoom.us/j/243782379, get a free account, you might have to download an APP or other software and you can then join us. Alternatively, send your email in to graham.atherton@manchester.ac.uk and I will invite you.

 

Problems with background noise

Sometimes a group member is trying to participate and we find that their microphone is picking up lots of background noise. This makes listening to the group difficult as Zoom will constantly be switching to the same person. In the worst cases we will switch off the members connection. If that happens to you please read the instructions below and rejoin as soon as you can.

  1. You should try to participate in a quiet room as background noise tends to interfere with the group members hearing each other.
  2. If your speaker is on too loud or too close to your microphone it can also interfere with group members hearing each other as we will all constantly hear the group conversation from your speakers as well as ours! Turn your speakers down and/or reposition them further away from your microphone if you can - facing away.
  3. If all else fails use a pair of headphones instead of speakers or even buy a Skype headset that has headphones and microphone placed optimally for Skype calls

 

Good luck and we are looking forward to meeting you there

Graham Atherton