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Our facilities

Once you have enrolled on a course you are formally a student of the University and will be able to access a number of University facilities.

Getting your ID card

As a part-time student on an accredited course you can get an identification (ID) card.

To apply for your student card, please forward a copy of your Confirmation of Enrolment email along with a photograph of yourself to

Library staff will contact you once your card is ready for collection from the Arts and Social Studies Library, please allow 48 hours for your card to be produced. If you are unable to collect your card from the library then inform the library staff who will arrange for your card to be posted.

For further information contact

Libraries and IT facilities

See our Welcome to the Library online Guides for CPE students.  These contain details of how to access our services during COVID-19.

Whilst you are studying you will have access to use the University libraries and be able to set up an account to use the computer network.


Part-time students are eligible to borrow six books at any one time. You have access to borrow books, newspapers, magazines, journals, CDs, DVDs and collections held on microfilm and microfiche.

The library catalogue is available online and you can search for resources from libraries across the University. You can also use terminals located in all the libraries to search both the University and other library catalogues. You can also check your library account and make reservations online.

Libraries also run skills workshops which you are welcome to attend to help you make the most out of the service.

Computer access

As a student on an accredited course you will be given a computer account. When you log onto the University system with this account, which can be done on campus or at home, you will have access to a whole range applications and software, including:

  • email and calendar
  • the online library catalogue
  • our online virtual learning environment
  • announcements and news
  • online communities.

This guide will help you access your email and Learning Central, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

IT support

The IT Service Desk offers 24 hour IT support, seven days a week. They are available to answer calls, deal with emails and provide support between 09:00 and 17:00. Outside of these times, you will still be able to receive basic assistance and support for IT queries by telephone.

IT support