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Your IT

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to LJMU this autumn, whether you are beginning your studies with us or you are returning after the summer break.

As you will see from these pages, we are putting lots of different things in place to make sure that our campus is COVID-safe and we will be teaching you in a variety of different ways.

Your timetable will detail the scheduled face-to-face activity on campus and just as important will be your ability to take part in online learning.

This won’t simply be a case of checking into an online lecture or learning from a pre-recorded clip, some of your courses will have elements of interactive learning alongside other students on your course, or sessions where you will in participate online discussion. 

We also have a range of extra-curricular guest lectures and support to enhance your learning experience.

For this reason, it’s important that you have the right kit and can connect with the university online community from wherever you are living and working.

Our virtual learning environment, Canvas, is one of the best platforms available and it is the way that we have always been able to connect our academic staff and support services with our students.

Please don’t worry if this is all a bit overwhelming. 

We want to make sure that you have the right kit and also that we can support you properly if this is new territory for you or you want to make sure that you are able to take full advantage of the online resources available to you at LJMU please have a look at the outline below.

We will also have a laptop and data contract assistance scheme in place to support you if you are unable to bring your own kit with you. Further details on the criteria of eligibility and how to apply are below.

Tech Spec

At the most basic you will need an internet-connected PC, laptop or tablet that allows you to access learning materials remotely via our browser-based virtual learning environment (Canvas), connect to live lectures in Zoom, and use productivity software such as Microsoft Office 365 for preparing essays etc. (Microsoft Office 365 is provided free to all students and can be accessed through a browser).

If you are going to invest in a new device, for most students we recommend a Windows PC or laptop with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8Gb RAM (memory) and a 256 Gb solid state drive (SSD) for good performance and plenty of space for your programs and their data. This is the specification of the majority of PCs installed in our library study areas for general use and will easily manage the vast majority of your work. 

If you're on a programme of study that involves programming and/or lots of data processing, including some Computing and Engineering programmes, you might find that a more powerful PC would better suit your studies. For this we suggest an Intel Core i7 processor with 16Gb RAM and a 512Gb SSD. This standard of PC has been tested with several resource-hungry engineering applications and works well in many of the specialist labs on campus, and some of the dedicated specialist PCs in our libraries. 

If your studies involve a lot of graphical processing (e.g.  video, some computer aided design applications) then you may also want to invest in a dedicated graphics card which will help your PC perform better when working with images. However, if your budget won't stretch to one of these specialist PCs, or you'll only have need for the extra power occasionally, we will be providing remote access to some of the specialist higher-powered PCs on campus and will be providing information separately on how to connect to these PCs from your own device.

If you have any concerns or questions, just drop us a line at

Connecting to LJMU IT from your own device

Find out about connecting to LJMU IT services from your own device.

Information relating to a new laptop and data scheme for students

To ensure the health and wellbeing of all students, the university has moved to an active blended learning approach for academic year 2020/21. This will entail a mix of online and in-person teaching. The university is minded to ensure that this approach does not disadvantage students unduly, and is therefore making provision for assistance so that students can purchase a laptop and/or data contract, should they be required.

Laptops will be available to students who meet the criteria listed within the policy document (below). The application form is available below.

Students looking for assistance with data will need to apply for the LJMU Student Support Fund via the standard application form and will be assessed based on financial need. The application can be found in the MYLJMU area of the website. Certain documents will need to be provided including evidence of student finance and bank statements. In addition, to support with data, the team will assess if students are eligible for any other support on hardship more.

View the laptops for students policy and then submit your details via the form below.