Using your own laptop
Having your own laptop and internet access gives you the flexibility to study where and when you want. We recommend the following laptop specification.
- Windows 10
- Intel® i5 or equivalent processor
- RAM: 8 GB / Storage: 256 GB SSD
- full HD screen.
You may also use a Mac of an equivalent specification, but please note that not all software provided or used by the university is available for Mac. A few courses may require a more advanced specification and you can check this on your course outline.
If you have a disability, mental health issue or long-term illness, you may be eligible to receive a laptop and other equipment tailored to your needs through the Disabled Students Allowance.
You’ll also be able to book time on one open-access computers at locations across our campuses (please log-in using your university username and password).
If you are on a course requiring access to specialist equipment and software then high specification workstations are also provided on campus.
We’ll provide you with all of the basic software packages you need free of charge whilst you are studying with us. These include:
- Microsoft Office 365
- University email account
- One Drive file storage
- Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Teams etc…
- EndNote (academic referencing)
- NVivo (qualitative data analysis)
- Mind Genius (mind mapping)
- LinkedIn Learning (online study skills)
- SPSS (statistics).
Other specialist software may also be provided or required depending on your course and information about this will be provided by your school.
You’ll also be able to access the following at a special student discount:
- Adobe Creative Cloud
- MATLAB and Simulink.
Computer accessories and consumables can be purchased at a student discount from our Computer Store.
And you can make an appointment at one of our computer clinics to get help and technical support from our helpdesk team