Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Free Laptops are Coming!

Lenovo ThinkPad - coming soon
Free laptops are coming at last to our first year students; slightly delayed due to some procedural glitches in the procurement process - but now fortunately on their way.  Our students will be getting a Lenovo ThinkPad T540P, with a 2.5Ghz i7 processor,  4Gb of Memory, and a 500Gb hard drive. It also has a full HD screen and a dedicated games card. These laptops should be well able to cope with pretty much anything our students throw at them for the next three years. It means our animators will be able to work from home, on the train, in the library - anywhere they find themselves wanting to get on with their studies.
The Big Deal - helping our students with unforseen expenses
Why the Lenovo?
We’ve focused on getting a powerful processor and good high resolution screen, as well as a games card that will work with sophisticated programs like Mudbox. Mudbox, for example, does not work well with basic laptops with onboard graphics cards. It's been a tricky process to balance priorities and get the best possible outcome.

What's it for?
Giving our students free laptops is all about making sure that our digital artists have access to the right equipment 24/7. We encourage our students to tackle small freelance jobs in their spare time; learning the ropes of digital creative media long before they leave university.

What if our students need extra memory?
You can upgrade memory and hard disks if you need to.

Will it do the job?
Co-course leader Dvaid Creighton has put a lot of time and effort into getting our students the highest possible specification for the budget we had to spend. We think it looks like a good laptop - so hopefully our students will enjoy using it.

When will they arrive?
Soon! We'll keep you posted.

For more on the experience of studying at Bucks New University, come and visit us at one of our Open Days,  take a virtual tour of one of our animation studios, check out what our students think of our course, and see why we're ranked in the top 12 creative universities in the UK. Find out why we're giving free laptops to all our students, and why we give all our students free access to videos at Also, see what financial assistance might be available to you. Learn which is better for animation, a PC or a Mac? Get hold of a copy of a map so you can find your way around campus, and learn about motion capture at Bucks.  

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