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Welcome 2021/22

Study Spaces

There are a variety of areas which you can use across the campuses and within some of our libraries allowing you to study in a way that suits your needs and preferences.

A large selection of study spaces will continue to be available in Cadman building (including silent study) which are open 24/7.

You can search for more detailed study space information by using Beacon. Use the maps feature or ask Beacon for a study space in your location to get started!

Study zones

There are three types of study spaces across the university.

Group Study 

These are spaces where talking is allowed, but you should take care not to disturb others studying. 

Silent Study 

These are spaces where there is no talking to allow for study without distraction. Please turn your mobile phone to silent.

Family Study 

These spaces provide an area for parents to study whilst supervising their children.

Using computers on campus

There are computers across the university available for your use, and some have specialist software for your subject area.  

You can use the PC finder available on Beacon to check current availability of computers.

All computers are locked for security purposes, and to use them you will need to enter your University username and password.

You will have access to your OneDrive personal storage area from any of our computers meaning you can securely back up and retrieve your files from anywhere!  You can log on to OneDrive from any web browser.

student using own laptop in the libraryIf you prefer to use your own  laptop, you can bring that with you and connect to Airnet-Student (the University's wireless network service available to all students who have a valid username and password. 

  • We have suitable tables for using your own devices located throughout the study areas.
  • Connect your laptop to any of the unused electrical sockets across these but please do not unplug any computers/printers that are already plugged in.

Every area with PCs will have sanitising wipes available to clean them before and after use.

Laptop loans

We have several Lapsafe units that allow you to borrow a laptop to use for 48 hours. These are all full Windows 10 laptops, with the usual Microsoft Office applications like Word and Excel as well as a number of web browsers, and can be borrowed for up to 48 hours.

They are perfect to borrow at the start of your day and keep with you around our campus.  Take notes in lectures, browse the web for help during tutorials, do group work with your friends in the coffee shop - or even just check out the latest memes while taking a break.

These units are located in:

  • Ashley 2, Leek Road
  • Science Centre
  • Library Centre for Health Innovation, Stafford. 

From semester 2 (January 2022) there will be additional units in the Catalyst.

There is guidance on how to use the Lapsafes on the Current Students webpages. 

Printing

student using multi- function device in the libraryYou can collect your work from any printer on campus – these multifunction devices can also be used for photocopying and scanning electronic copies directly to your email.  You will need to use your ID card to access your printing account or log-in with your username and password.  There is further information, including setting up printing from your own device on the Digital Services Printing page 

To add print credit to your account, you can use MyPrint. More information is also available on Beacon

Every area with MFDs will have sanitising wipes available to clean them before and after use.

We want to ensure your safety, and that involves allowing access only to current Staffordshire University staff and students. Therefore, it’s going to be important to have your student card visible at all times to help us with this.