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IT equipment

Using an existing device or purchasing a new one to help with your studies


Can I use the laptop or device I have?

If you already have a laptop or similar device, you should be able to use that for all your learning needs at the University. Please check the minimum specification below.

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

For students that 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.

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 with the University’s systems.

If you have any questions about specification requirements for your course, please contact your school or department before considering purchase of a new device.

Recommended specification

Students that 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

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:

  • A keyboard and mouse are required to ensure physical wellbeing and effective working practices.
  • A webcam and microphone are required so you can fully participate in video conferences and online group meetings.
  • 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.
  • Rapid recharge of batteries or spare batteries to provide all day use.
  • Touch screens are not required for most academic programmes, but their enhanced capabilities can be useful for a range of activities.

Are you studying one of these courses?

  • Product Design and Manufacture
  • Architecture and Environmental Design
  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Architectural Environment Engineering

You may need a device that allows you to touch draw. You could use:

  • A native touch enabled device, with a stylus (preferred)
  • A non-touch device plus an additional stylus touch enabled screen
  • A non-touch device plus an additional stylus operated graphics pad with a minimum 10’’ dimension (experienced users only)

Information for staff

How to buy IT equipment from University suppliers

The University has put in place a number of agreements which cover the following areas: PCs, Notebooks, PC Accessories, Tablets, Apple Equipment and Software.

Open buying IT equipment (log in required)

These agreements have been negotiated with suppliers to offer a competitive price with maintenance and support. All IT related equipment must be purchased from these preferred suppliers.


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