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 of over 500 open-access computers at locations across our campuses.
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.
Digital Access Fund
Our Digital Access Fund is designed to help students in greatest need who do not have access to their own computer.
Who can apply
All full-time UK undergraduate students can apply, with priority being given to:
- care leavers and estranged students
- lone parents in receipt of Universal Credit
- first year students who were in receipt of DWP funding immediately before starting their course.
You can also apply if you have not received full funding or an NHS training grant, and you feel that you have exceptional financial circumstances.
What can I apply for
Depending on your circumstances, you'll be able to apply for:
- a long-term laptop loan
- a contribution towards your internet/broadband costs
- a contribution towards the cost of a higher spec computer, if your course requires one. Find out what spec your course needs on our course finder.
How to apply
If you fit the eligibility criteria, you'll be able to apply once you're fully enrolled – this happens automatically on the start date of your course. Please complete the online form and ensure you have digital copies of evidence to support your application e.g. bank statements, tenancy agreement etc.
Under the terms of the fund
The terms of the equipment loan will be set out when you apply. Here’s a summary.
- Closing date for applications is 31 October 2020
- If you are eligible, we’ll provide a standard laptop that will meet the requirements of most courses, and a case. The loan period is up to three years and you’ll have the option to buy the laptop at the end of the loan. The scheme allows for one device per eligible student.
- Equipment will be delivered to your term-time address.
- Equipment will be covered by a three-parts and labour warranty. Repairs will be undertaken at your term-time address.
- Repairs under warranty are free of charge – you will need to pay for loss or damage not covered under the warranty.
- Software provided by the university is available only while you are enrolled on your course.
- If you leave the university for any reason, equipment must be returned in good condition.
- If we have evidence that your computer is being misused, we may ask you to return it.
Broadband Access Fund
Our Broadband and Data Access Fund provides a non-repayable contribution to students who need financial assistance to buy broadband and data to support blended learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Who can apply
- All full-time UK (Home, International and EU) students studying on undergraduate/postgraduate/PGCE courses
- All part-time UK (Home, International and EU) students studying on undergraduate/postgraduate/PGCE courses for at least 50% of a full-time equivalent course
- Students in financial hardship who do not have the full funds to cover the cost of broadband/data.
Please note that students living in halls or living in accommodation where broadband/data provision is included as part of their contract are not eligible to apply. Where four or more students are living in private shared accommodation then we expect broadband/data costs to be shared between the occupants.
What can I apply for?
The fund provides grants of up to £80 as a contribution towards broadband/data costs. Only one application per student is allowed with a maximum award of £80 per student.
How to apply
Applications will remain open while there are funds available and while blended learning with remote delivery remains in place due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please complete the on-line form.
Under the terms of the fund
- Awards are not guaranteed and not all applicants may be successful.
- If you are successful, payments will be made to the bank account details held in your Student View profile, accessible via My Brighton. Please ensure your bank details are up to date.
- Awards are not intended to completely cover costs, but as a contribution to support the continuation of learning remotely
- The fund is provided by the Philanthropy and Alumni department from money donated to the university to support students in need.