Registered undergraduate students of the University are eligible to apply to the programme if they meet the general residence criteria and one of the personal criteria. Postgraduate students who are care experienced can also apply.
The programme is open to students who meet the residence conditions outlined in the SFC guidance document. In summary, this is those students who meet the residence requirements for SAAS living cost support
If you meet the residence criteria, you can apply for the programme if:
- You are care experienced; or
- You are in receipt of a University STAR Scholarship; or
- You receive SAAS support that includes an enhanced student loan (for Independent Students) or a Young Students’ Bursary
Will I get help?
On the application form we ask you to briefly explain why you need to borrow a laptop and/or wifi device. To lend you a device we need to know that:
- (for laptops) You don’t already have an appropriate laptop available that only you use regularly
- (for laptops) You’re not able to get help from another source to buy or borrow an appropriate laptop. For example, if the Disability and Wellbeing Service is supporting you to source a laptop through Disabled Students’ Allowance we would expect you to do that instead of applying to this scheme.
- (for wifi devices) You’re not able to access a reliable wifi or broadband connection to support your learning from your home or student accommodation.
What can I get?
Students who meet the criteria will be offered:
- A Hewlett Packard (HP) laptop (or equivalent) that meets at least the minimum specifications recommended by Information Services.
- A wifi grant
This equipment will be loaned to you for the duration of your degree for your exclusive use. The laptop will come with a basic package of University licensed software. The laptop will remain the property of the University, but you’ll be able to keep and use it until you finish your course.
I have a PC at home but I share it with other members of the household – can I still apply?
Yes – we expect students to be able to access a PC or laptop as often as they need it. The same applies if you borrow a parent’s laptop or computer to do your work.
I have a computer but it’s not much good – can I still apply?
Yes. If it doesn’t meet the University recommended specification, or if it is broken down/keeps breaking down please tell us on your form.
What if the laptop needs a repair?
The laptop will come with a 3-year warranty from HP and will also carry software remotely installed by our Information Services Directorate. You’ll be able to get support from HP and the University. If the device is broken and can’t be repaired, and the problem is not covered by the warranty, the University will lend you another device up to a maximum of three devices over your degree.
I’m an RUK, EU or international student – why can’t I apply?
The funding we receive for this scheme has residence requirements that we must follow,. If you're an RUK (England, Wales, Northern Ireland) student you can apply to the digital inclusion small grant scheme. We're working in support for EU and international students.
I’m a postgraduate student – where can I get help?
If you’re a research student, you should approach your department in the first instance and ask for assistance with IT equipment.
If you’re a Home or RUK (England, Wales, Northern Ireland) Masters student, you can apply to the digital inclusion small grant scheme.
I don’t meet any of the personal criteria but still need access to a laptop – can I apply because of my individual circumstances?
We will also consider those who have exceptional need. Please explain these circumstances in your application.
How to apply
Complete the application form available here.
There will be further opportunities to apply later in the academic year.