IT kit provision for students

Thanks to hardship funding, Information & Digital Services (IDS) are able to offer additional laptops to students who require a device in order to engage with online learning.

Since March 2020, IDS has been working to provide devices to those who need them, and loaned 50 laptops to students, and 25 to staff. These devices have enabled students and colleagues to engage with online teaching, learning and events in the virtual environment during the ongoing pandemic.

From today, we are now able to offer a further 39 devices to students who need them, thanks to funds provided by the hardship fund, in partnership with Student Services.

These laptops are available on semester loan and you can request one by emailing library.help@keele.ac.uk. You will need to come onto campus to collect the device, as you need to log into it on campus once before it can then be taken off-site and used.

In addition to these devices, IDS has also provided support to students and staff to enable them to get online. We have supplied SIM and WiFi cards with 4G connectivity to people who needed internet access on their devices, and to those without a device we have provided MiFi (Mobile WiFi) hotspots. To date we have invested close to £1,500 in these devices alone.

The Library has also been providing support digitally, with access to over 20,000 eBooks from reading lists, 48,000 eJournal titles, remote 1:1 support from academic librarians and online tutorials available.

For students in the local area we are also providing 102 bookable study spaces, which are available between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. After 5pm during the week and at weekends we have 40 bookable IT desks available. This is in addition to drop-in printing, scanning and copying facilities and book collection service.

If you’re not in the local area and need access to software available on campus PCs, we have also introduced remote access to machines in the Library IT Suite, Central Science Laboratories and other devices managed by the Faculty of Natural Sciences. Currently 578 PCs are available on this system.

Colleagues in IDS will continue to do all we can to support our students and colleagues with working and learning in this new digital environment, and are currently working on developing resources and materials to ensure students and staff have the skills needed to meet the challenges posed not only by the pandemic but also by the ever-evolving digital landscape. If you would like to find out more about support offered by IDS, please go to the IDS webpages.