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Self-managed Macs

If you have a MacOS device deployed after July 2022, it will be running the University Supported Mac platform, meaning many of the services listed below will be pre-configured for you.

For older devices that are self-managed, here are some useful links

Access to local computing services

A Mac can access many School and University computing services once properly configured. Here are some possibilities.


If you keep University files on your computer, you should make backup copies of them.

Software and hardware maintenance and purchasing
  • The University provides and recommends anti-virus software for Macs and Windows.
  • Microsoft Office for Mac is available to staff - see Microsoft Office for Mac for more details. Alternatively, just use the free online version provided with Office 365.
  • Other office productivity options include Libre Office and of course Apple's own productivity software. These are all available via the App Store application on the Mac.
  • The University has a number of software purchase agreements. The IS Software Services page has more details. Some software may be available free of charge through current site licences or for significantly less charge than purchasing it directly from an external provider.
  • To buy a University-funded Mac see the Purchasing section.
  • When buying personal hardware or software from Apple you can use the Apple Store for Education.

Further Information

You can find information on how to access the various Informatics services from your Mac by selecting the MacOS topic from the Choose a topic option in the right sidebar. The self-managed topic might also be of interest.

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