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Where can I find a computer?

There are computers in all of our Libraries: Thompson Library, Blackheath Lane Library and IT Centre and Shrewsbury Health Library.  










About our computers

Most are PCs running Windows 10, although there are also some Apple  Macs available within the Thompson Library.  Log on to any of the computers using your normal username and password.  You will have access to a personal storage area from any of our computers meaning you can securely back up and retrieve your files from anywhere!

What software is available?

  • All PCs run Microsoft Office 2016 plus a wide range of other software including some subject-specific software.
  • Some Apple Macs have specialist software for Art and Design students.
  • Some PCs in Thompson Library run specialist software for Engineering students.

As a student you are also eligible to download some software to use on your own computer.  This includes up to five free copies of Microsoft Office 365.  You can also download SPSS and NVivo to use while you are a student at Staffs. 

You are also entitled to download a free copy of our anti-virus software, Sophos via our Student Software page. 

Ask at an IT Help Desk for more information on the software installed and where specialist software can be found.

Can I use my own computer?

  • We have suitable tables for using your own devices located throughout the Libraries and IT Centres. Connect via our free wi-fi.
  • Connect your laptop to any of the unused electrical sockets across the library but please do not unplug any computers/printers that are already plugged in.

Where can I print my work?

  • Print your work and collect from any printer across the campuses. You can also photocopy and scan using these same devices.
  • Use any of the MFPs by passing your student card over the card reader. For more information see the Multi-function device webpages.
  • You can also print from mobile devices - iPads, iPhones and Android phones.
  • Top up your printing credit online .

New students get £2 free print credit automatically credited to their printing account.

Where can I save my work?

You should make sure you keep more than one copy of important documents such as assignments. As well as saving files to a USB drive we offer you two locations to store your files securely.


As part of Office 365 you have access to 1TB of Microsoft cloud storage. All University computers are connected to OneDrive and you can access it through your own computer or mobile device. Files stored on OneDrive can be shared with anyone.

For more information see the OneDrive webpage or ask at an IT Help Desk.

H: Drive

This is your personal secure area on one of our servers which is backed up by us daily. You are automatically connected to your H: drive when you log on to any of our computers. You can also access your H: drive from home via VPN. Ask at an IT Help Desk for more information on this.