Viva Engage (formerly known as Yammer) is an app in Microsoft 365 that allows you to share stories, ask questions and have discussions, either on your own ‘storyline’ or in specific groups or communities.
Who can use it?
Viva Engage is available to all University staff and students
How do I access it?
The following links will take you to the Microsoft support site.
Viva Engage is provided as part of our Microsoft license via best endeavours support. This means IT does not yet fully support it and you will need to refer to the Microsoft support and training resources below if you need help with using Viva Engage.
Should I set up a Microsoft Teams group or a Viva Engage community?
Although there is some overlap between Teams and Viva Engage, they fulfill different purposes.
Set up a Microsoft Team if you want to work with a specific group of people, for example on a project, and need to chat, have meetings and share files.
Use Viva Engage if you want to build a broader community, for example for sharing best practice or creating a sense of community around a shared interest.
You can access Viva Engage either through the web app, or through the app within Teams.
Getting started - what do you want to do?
Post on my storyline
Your storyline is where you can post stories, including videos and photos that don’t belong in a specific community, for example sharing updates and experiences or showcasing your work Find out how to post stories in Viva Engage
Are there any features of Viva Engage that aren’t currently available at the University?
You may see some features mentioned in the Microsoft documentation that aren’t currently available in Viva Engage at the University of Leeds. These include:
All Company group – this group was available in Yammer, and staff and students were automatically added to it, but it is no longer in use. Stories you post to your storyline will be visible to anyone who follows you and maybe suggested to other people with similar interests.
Co-pilot is an AI feature in Microsoft 365. It is currently being previewed and is not yet available to the University.
We will update this document when they are available.