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ISS Central Purchasing
The Information Systems Services section provides a purchasing service for IT equipment for which all centrally provided IT equipment is purchased. Academic departments are bound to purchase through the service, except where the department has explicit authorisation from the Information Systems Strategy Committee to purchase directly. Most purchases are made through SUPC arranged regional framework agreements which includes national and inter-regional agreements which comply with European Purchasing Directives.
ISS Purchasing (e-mail: iss.purchasing (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address)) provides help and advise on the purchase of computer hardware, including peripherals and printers,
and on the purchase of software. Educational discounts are available on many
hardware and software products which are detailed below.
Order requests made to ISS Purchasing should include as much
information as possible as to the items required and their use, as detailed on the
Order Requests Page.
After carefully studying the needs and uses of PCs throughout the University, and with extensive work with the industry suppliers, a standard specification desktop PC has been outlined which is suitable for the majority of users within the University.
Desktop Computer Systems - specification and
price guide (accessible from the University of Essex only).
Laptop (portable) computers vary in prices and so it can be very confusing in determining which model is best for your needs. One of the main factors in deciding which laptop to purchase, will be the size of the screen and overall size and weight of the laptop required. We would recommend one with an Intel Core i5 processor (or better). Also we would recommend purchasing one that comes with Windows 7 Pro to allow for full domain network services if required.
Toshiba laptops are offered through the HE NDNA with both a 3 year international warranty as well as a 3 year UK collect and return warranty. Their range is varied and so there should be a suitable model for most users requirements. Click on the link below to access the Toshiba NDNA Product Guide PDF and the NDNA Toshiba Options PDF:
Laptop Computers via the HE
NDNA - (accessible from the University of Essex only).
Microsoft Office for Windows (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook,
Publisher) can be licensed for all laptop computers purchased
on behalf of the University, by paying a one-time charge of £100 (not subject to VAT).
As well as Microsoft Office, the University's Campus Agreement also covers SharePoint Designer
and Project as well as Client Access licences for server access. Thereafter all
future version of Microsoft software covered by the University's Campus
Agreement can be installed with no additional licence charge.
ISS Service Contracts are now offered for laptops at £60.00 per annum pro rata.
This contract includes configuration, delivery, software support & hardware support, together with service/fault logging via the Help Desk.
Apple Mac computers are offered through a specially negotiated National H.E. agreement which includes a 3 year limited parts and labour warranty for laptop and desktop computers at no additional cost. It is also possible to buy the full 3 year AppleCare at a reduced price, which provides 3 years full hardware support and 3 years telephone support. To view the range and the negotiated HE prices, click the link below:
Apple Store HE (accessible from the University of Essex only).
Microsoft Office for Mac (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) can be licensed for
all Apple Mac computers purchased
on behalf of the University, by paying a one-time charge of £50 (not subject to VAT).
Thereafter all future version of Microsoft software for Mac covered by the University's
Campus Agreement can be installed with no additional licence charge.
It is important to buy printers for which there is suitable knowledge and support. The recommended printers are shown on the web page linked below:
Printers - specification and price guide
(accessible from the University of Essex only).
There are many educational pricing schemes available for University purchased software, so please contact us via e-mail: iss.purchasing (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address) with your requirements and we will let you know what discounted pricing is available.
Students and staff can purchase software privately at educational
prices from various retailers such as :
Civica : http://www.education-store.com/stores/news_stories_view.do?pubID=5989
Viglen Ltd : http://viglen.software2.co.uk/
Staff may also be eligible to obtain certain Microsoft software to install on
one home computer for teaching, research or work related tasks via the University
of Essex Microsoft Campus Agreement Home Rights Use scheme. To find out more
The Computing Service (ISS) Help Desk sells (from stock) a number of items, including: USB memory devices, audio headsets. The latest price list is available (accessible from the University of Essex only).
Smaller items can often be sourced from contracted suppliers that the University uses, so please send an email to iss.purchasing (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address) and we will let you know our recommendations and best prices.
Document last modified by Nigel Bryant
(e-mail: nbb; non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address)
on 27 March 2013.