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Why doesn't the University sell computers when the time comes to replace them?

IT Services replaces its general purpose computers every four years. The disposal of the replaced machines usually involves reassigning them for other uses by various groups around the University, for example for use in research.

IT Services does not sell old computers for a number of reasons. Firstly, the data needs to be erased from the hard drive - this task must be completed to a very high standard in order to protect privacy and and comply with software licensing laws. Additionally there are WEEE regulations concerning disposal of IT equipment and the need to extensively test the PC to ensure that there are no health and safety risks associated.

The University donates old computers to  who refurbish them for use in organisations in the UK and overseas.

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Created by Andy on 6 August 2003 and last updated by Richard Byrom-Colburn on 28 October 2016