Digital and Technology Services

Equipment Advice

Using an existing device or purchasing new equipment to help with your studies.



What equipment do I need for my studies?

check_circle   All students will need at least one device (a smartphone, tablet or laptop / desktop PC) to approve security access requests via Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). MFA will be required for extra security when accessing services such as Microsoft 365 and Windows Virtual Desktop. Our recommendation would be to use a smartphone that is compatible with the Microsoft Authenticator App.

check_circle   To support your studies, the university recommends you have a suitable laptop to work on when on or off campus. Below are our minimum and recommended laptop specifications.

check_circle   Other equipment such as a keyboard, mouse, webcam or external screens aren't essential but could help improve your comfort while studying.

check_circle   Some schools and departments might suggest different device specifications or recommend using additional equipment relevant to your course.



Can I use the laptop or device I already have?

check_circle   If you already have a laptop or similar device, it is likely you will be able to use this for your learning needs at the university. Please check the minimum specification below.



I need to buy a new device, what should I buy?

check_circle   For students who do not have a laptop or device, a portable device is recommended so that it can easily be used at home or any other location.

check_circle   We have detailed two computer specifications to help you purchase an appropriate device. Note that operating system is your choice, however we recommend Windows 10 (Full Version) to give the best experience using university’s systems.



Recommended specification

Students who own the recommended specification devices should be able to work without relying upon virtual services or on-campus machines.

Operating system Windows 10 full version (not Win10 S Mode)
Screen size 14inch or larger full HD screen
Processor Intel Core i5, AMD Ryzen 5 or similar
Storage 256GB SSD
USB Two or more USB 3.0 ports
Battery 6-hour battery life
HDMI Direct or by adaptor



Minimum specification

Students that own minimum specification devices may need to make more use of virtual services and on-campus physical provision, depending on their course.

Operating system Windows 10 full version (not Win10 S Mode)
Screen size 10inch screen
Processor Intel Core i3, AMD Ryzen 3 or similar
Storage 128GB SSD/HDD
USB Two or more USB 2.0 ports
Battery 4-hour battery life
HDMI Direct or by adaptor



Student Hardship Fund

If you are experiencing financial difficulties that mean you are struggling to manage your costs, the Hardship Funds may be able to assist you:

Student Hardship Fund



Do I need to buy anything else?

These aren't essential but could help improve your comfort while studying:

check_circle   A keyboard and mouse to ensure physical wellbeing and effective working practices 

check_circle   A webcam and microphone so you can participate in video conferences and online group meetings

check_circle   Devices should be able to connect to a bigger screen (monitor or TV) for longer periods of study or collaborative work. University monitors use HDMI connections

check_circle   Rapid recharge of batteries or spare batteries to provide all day use

check_circle   Touch screens are not required for most academic programmes, but their enhanced capabilities can be useful



Are you studying a course in one of these schools or departments?

Some courses might recommend different device specifications. Click the relevant link below to find out more. 

If you have any questions about specification requirements for your course, please contact your school or department before purchasing a new device:

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