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Digital Technology Support Fund 20/21

Please note applications for the Digital Technology Support Fund 20-21 have now closed.


The pandemic has changed the way we are able to deliver learning and teaching at the University, and the ways in which students are able to engage with learning, their fellow students, resources and facilities. As a student of the University of Suffolk, if you do not have access to IT equipment to enable you to participate in your studies, you may be eligible to apply for a bursary towards the cost of IT equipment.


To be eligible for the Digital Technology Support Fund 2020-21, you must meet all of the following criteria:
•    Be a current student at the University of Suffolk in any of the following locations; Ipswich, East Coast College, Suffolk New College, West Suffolk College, Global Banking School (GBS) or London School of Commerce (LSC)
•    Be studying on an undergraduate programme (Apprenticeships are not eligible)
•    Be studying full-time or part-time (part time students must be studying at least 25% of full-time intensity)
•    Be paying tuition fees of £8,220 (Foundation degree) or £9,250 (Bachelor’s/Integrated Master’s degree) or £6,168 (HND/HNC) - pro rata for part time students
•    Be assessed by the Student Loans Company as having a household income for 20/21 of £42,875 or less 
•    Have made a means-tested Student Finance application for 20/21, with the University of Suffolk as the chosen institution, and given consent to the sharing of financial details. Failure to do this will result in the University of Suffolk being unable to verify students' household income
•    Be living in the UK (Overseas students are not eligible for this)
•    Students who did not apply in previous years can apply this year if they meet the eligibility criteria. There will be no backdated payments.

Further information
The closing date for applications is 30 July 2021 or until all funds are distributed. Applications will be assessed in the order that they are received.
Applications will be assessed weekly and you should be notified of the outcome, and if successful, have received your payment within 4 weeks of application.
If you have any queries please contact

The bursary awarded to you will be a maximum of £300. When selecting your IT equipment, we recommend that you consider the following:

  1. Do you need something mobile, which enables you to take the IT into lectures / seminars / place of work, or will the equipment only be used in one location, and therefore static?
  2. What course are you studying, and is there specialist software needed for it? The installation of specialist software will impact the amount of memory (RAM), size of hard drive (GB) and processor speed (GHz). For example, a standard laptop, which does not require additional memory or processor speed for specialist software might have a specification as follows: 2.6 GHz processor (AMD) or intel Celeron 1.1 GHz 4 GB RAM 128 GB. We recommend that you always save your work and important documents securely in cloud storage, such as Microsoft OneDrive.
  3. Consider the operating system, some specialist software will require a Windows device only, or you might require an Apple Mac.  We would not recommend a Google Chromebook as your only device due to the requirements of your learning and teaching connectivity.
  4.  Microsoft office software is free to students of the University and can be downloaded here.
  5. Information about other software available to you here.