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Self-managed Macs

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See also the page on Supported Macs.

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, Neo 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.
  • Information Services IT Support Desk , situated on the ground floor concourse of the Main Library, provides in-person technical support for users' personal devices and University IT-related services.

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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