IT hardware and software

The School strictly controls the purchase of IT hardware, software and services to ensure compliance with European Procurement Laws.  Staff buying IT goods or services using School funds must purchase them through IT Services.

We use and manage suppliers from regional or national supply agreements such as the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) to ensure that we obtain the best competitive pricing, delivery and supplier performance.

Standard specifications

We test all standard hardware and software to ensure it work successfully on LSE’s infrastructure. Our standard hardware lists covers desktop PCs, laptops and printers. The Information Management and Technology web pages have a list of standard specification PCs|.

  • Printers: The DTP group supply Hewlett Packard printers, a standard in the industry and we recommend this make for most users.
  • Mobile Phones: The school has a contract with Orange under the Open Government Contract (OGC) framework. Please see our list of recommended handsets.
  • Laptops & Tablets: Information Management and Technology can purchase Laptops from Dell, Toshiba and Samsung under the NDNA| (National Desktop and Notebook Agreement). In addition, we can purchase Apple laptops and tablets under their Educational Discount scheme.
  • Scanners: staff can purchase these via their IT Support team or can use their department’s multifunction photocopier if available. 

USB memory drives are available from most stationary stores, there are no restrictions in their use; however we recommend that you secure your data by password or encryption and regularly back them up as they are easily lost, stolen or broken.


Non-standard hardware and software

Any requests for specialist purchases (i.e not listed from our preferred suppliers) must be submitted through the IT Service Desk|.


IT peripherals

We use Insight UK| for IT peripherals such as webcams, speakers, mice and keyboards. USB memory sticks can also be ordered from Office Depot by your Departmental Administrator.



The standard LSE desktop runs on a Microsoft Windows Operating system and provides access to over 100 common desktop applications and specialist software. We have a wide range of software available to help with your teaching and research.

Please consult with the IT Service Desk| if you require a particular piece of software as there are a number of campus and site licences that may cover your use without additional purchase.

Additional software can be purchased from Information Management and Technology by a department or an individual; however, all software must be approved for installation on LSE computing equipment by IT Services who will install the software for you.


Personal purchases for staff and students

There are a series of agreements available to LSE staff and students, which can lead to discounts when purchasing IT hardware and software. These discounts are available directly and do not require purchasing via Information Management and Technology. IMT only seeks to make you aware of them and is in no way recommending these products and services. If you experience any difficulties, please resolve these directly with the vendor. See personal purchases for staff and students| for more information.


Software for personal use

You can purchase a variety of software for personal use| by staff and students from the IT Help Desk in the Library|. We can provide CD/DVD copies of certain teaching software applications at discounted rates.

You can purchase software such as Microsoft Office for your own equipment directly from suppliers at educational rates. IMT does not install your own purchased software; however you can get help from the Laptop Surgery| in the St Clements Building.


Disposal of IT related equipment

Information Management and Technology is responsible for the disposal of all LSE-owned IT equipment (we cannot dispose of your personally-owned equipment), including desktop PCs, monitors, laptops, printers and telephones. A licensed waste carrier collects and disposes of all LSE redundant equipment. Contact the IT Service Desk| if you have old IT equipment for disposal.



All departments are provided with network printers, usually placed in a shared open area. All printers can print double-sided and this is enabled by default. Staff can also have individual printers if required. Please note that your department is responsible for providing paper and toner.