Procuring IT hardware and software

For Staff

The Business Support Team section of IT Services has responsibilities for providing advice on hardware and software maintenance agreements and support facility arrangements.

More for Staff…

So that IT Services can continue to improve our provision to users across the University, we have introduced a new approach that will deliver tangible improvements to issuing and maintaining your IT equipment.

To bring these benefits to you as quickly as possible, we now offer a foundation range of corporate laptops and desktop computers to accommodate both our day-to-day and high-end users.

For full details, visit the IT procurement pages, Desktop Computers or Laptop Computers on our staff intranet, The Hub.

For Staff and Students

Favorable deals have been secured with a number of suppliers for staff and students who wish to acquire software for themselves.

  • Office 365 from Microsoft. The University provides the facility to download Microsoft Office applications to your personally owned computer or mobile device at no cost. This version of Office365 should not be installed on your University owned/managed equipment. Important information relating to this benefit can be found by reading the FAQs on the Office 365 page, before installing the software.
  • Microsoft Software from DreamSpark — DreamSpark is a Microsoft program that supports technical education by providing access to MS software for learning, teaching and research purposes, at no cost.
  • Information on other purchasing agreements will be available here soon — in the meantime, please contact our Business Support Team team.
  • Free – The latest version of SPSS. You will need to login with a valid USW login name and password. By clicking on I agree, you agree to abide by the terms and conditions.
Autodesk Software for students and educators – from Autodesk

Imagine, design, and create a better world with help from Autodesk Education. Access the software used to make the games, movies, buildings, and products that inspire you. Autodesk is a world leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software for manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment.

  • Students may buy from the following suppliers who often have special offers available


As well as free software, BST also manages the licenses for the software which is installed in student labs. Please be aware of the limitations of our licensing of the Adobe Suites in our labs, and the differences from any personal licenses you may purchase outside of the university for your own equipment. There is full information on our Adobe Software page