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We're making it easier than ever to study online

This year, you'll do more learning online – here's how to borrow laptops to access all our online teaching

The long-term laptop loan scheme ran successfully in 2020/21, supporting students with a free laptop loan who otherwise wouldn't have been able to study off-campus. We'll update this page as soon as possible to let you know if you can apply to the long-term laptop scheme or benefit from a short-term laptop loan in 2021/22.

There are long-term laptop loan schemes for undergraduates and postgraduates, a short-term laptop loan scheme for isolating students, short term loans from laptop lockers for all students, and you can also log in remotely to IT equipment on campus.

Scheme for Undergraduates

To be considered for this scheme, you need to be a Home (UK) undergraduate student registered on a full or part-time course and unable to access appropriate IT equipment for your studies. In addition, you must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Have an assessed annual household income of less than £50,000 (as assessed by Student Finance England or equivalent for the 2020/21 academic year)
  • Be a care leaver or estranged from your parents

The threshold income was raised in January 2021 from £32,000 to £50,000, so more students are eligible for a loan than previously.

If you have a disability, mental health issue or long-term illness, you may be eligible to receive equipment tailored to your needs through the Disabled Students Allowance.

You can apply for the scheme using this online form. We'll assess your eligibility and contact you if we need further evidence of meeting the eligibility criteria.

Read our undergraduate terms and conditions

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Scheme for Postgraduates

To be considered for this scheme, you need to be a Home or EU postgraduate student registered on a Taught Master's course and unable to access appropriate IT equipment for your studies. In addition, you must:

  • Have taken out the Master’s Postgraduate Student Loan from Student Finance England and be able to provide evidence of this; and
  • Be resident in the UK whilst undertaking your course

If you have a disability, mental health issue or long-term illness, you may be eligible to receive equipment tailored to your needs through the Disabled Students Allowance.

You can apply for the scheme using this online form. We'll assess your eligibility and contact you if we need further evidence of meeting the eligibility criteria.

Read our postgraduate terms and conditions

How the long-term loan schemes work

If you're eligible, we'll contact you with a laptop loan voucher which you can use to order loan equipment. The laptop will be delivered directly to your preferred address.

The loan laptops are intended to assist with your studying.

The scheme is limited and operated subject to availability. All loan equipment is owned by the University of Portsmouth.

If you have any questions about the scheme, please email laptoploanscheme@port.ac.uk.

You can get support from our IT Help Centre – the Information Services Service Desk – via phone, email and online chat. You can also access student IT training.

Short-term laptop loans

If you don’t qualify for the long-term loan scheme, you can still access IT equipment on campus through the short-term loan scheme.

You can borrow a University laptop for up to 12 hours from laptop lockers across campus. You need your student card to access the lockers. There are over 1,000 laptops available with Microsoft Office software, internet browser and printers installed.

For further information on this, please contact servicedesk@port.ac.uk.

Self-isolation laptop loans

If you've been asked to self-isolate, such as for two weeks by NHS Track and Trace, you may be eligible to borrow a University laptop for your isolation period if required. You can apply for an isolation loan using this online form.

If you haven't informed the University’s central COVID team of your self-isolation, or the period for your isolation has or is about to end, your application will not be eligible.

These loan laptops are in limited supply and will need to be returned promptly to support other students. The devices supplied will be of a moderate specification with access to Microsoft Office software.

Remote access to IT equipment

You can also log in remotely to IT equipment on campus. This will give you access to higher specification equipment and specialist software. About 400 PCs are available for you to use in this way.

We’re looking into the feasibility of providing you with access to powerful, cloud-based virtual machines. These can either be used for individual work or group sessions that need a pop-up virtual IT lab. Using the virtual machines, you’ll be able to do activities like advanced modelling, animation or data-crunching in the cloud during an online teaching session or for course work.

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