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If you need to use a computer on campus, we have a tool that can help you find an available machine or use the PC Availability tile in Beacon our Digital Coach app.
See how many PCs we have at each location, and which specific areas have computers available to use. Please note that these numbers are currently reduced due to COVID 19 social distancing guidance.
You can borrow a laptop from our self-service LapSafe cabinets, these are situated in the Science Centre and also in Ashley2 (coming soon to Blackheath Lane). The LapSafe devices are all full Windows 10 laptops, with the usual Microsoft Office applications like Word and Excel as well as a number of web browsers, and can be borrowed for up to 48 hours.
They are perfect to borrow at the start of your day and keep with you around our campus. Take notes in lectures, browse the web for help during tutorials, do group work with your friends in the coffee shop - or even just check out the latest memes while taking a break.
You won't get a power supply or any kind of charger, so we wouldn't recommend taking them home, but as long as you have them back within 48 hours you can take them wherever you like.
You can find the LapSafe cabinets in the Science Centre and Ashley 2 (Coming soon to Blackheath Lane)
That's all there is to it. You might want to check that you can log in to the device OK; if you have any questions click on the DigiChat widget on our homepage to chat to a member of staff.
If you do not have a device that you can use for your studies at home, you can apply for a long-term loan of a device, which will last for the whole academic year. In order to make an application you must be:
All students who meet the above criteria can apply for a long-term laptop loan. As we have a limited number of laptops available for long term loans priority will be given to students who are:
If you’re not in one of the priority groups listed, you can still apply but may want to consider whether using one of the PC’s on campus or a short-term laptop loan will meet your needs.
Applications are considered and approved every couple of days and then arrangements need to be made for you to attend campus to collect the device. This process should take no longer than 10 working days from submitting your complete application. If there is any missing information from your application this could cause a delay.
The device spec may vary slightly but the current devices have Windows 10 Pro operating system, the usual Microsoft Office applications like Word and Excel as well as a number of web browsers, and:
If you are on a specialised course such as Games Design we can make the software available to you via Windows Virtual Desktop, this will allow you to utilise the power of the Cloud from the device and gain access to the software you need.
Applications are now closed for 2020/21 and will re-open at the start of the 2021/22 academic year.
If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student with a disability or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia you may be eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA).
If you are an apprenticeship student with a disability or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia you may be eligible for the Learning Support Fund.
Both these funds can supply computer equipment and specialist software so for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LapSafe self-service laptops are currently only available at our Stoke-on-Trent campus. If you are in Stafford or Shrewsbury, we have full-size laptops available for you to borrow. These are treated as normal Library items, so please approach the Library Help Desk to enquire about borrowing a laptop. We have two laptops available for Shrewsbury Campus based students only.
Bringing your Own Device (BYOD) is supported and encouraged by the University where it can assist your studies. Most resources are available online and there is a range of standard software available free of charge while you are a student at the University.
Hardware requirements depend on the course you are studying, although we recommend laptops with a mimimum i5 processor and 8GB RAM.
Use of Chromebooks is not recommended, as not all standard University applications are compatible with these devices.
If you need advice on the hardware requirements needed to support your course, speak to your school/tutor.