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Discretionary Computing Accounts

A discretionary computing account may be available for someone who does not fall into an existing user category, including the following:

  • Formation Zone accounts
  • Student Union Staff
  • University of Exeter Medical accounts
  • Professional development accounts
  • Registered University Teacher (RUT) access
  • Retired staff
  • Working partners
  • Voluntary workers
  • Guests of faculty and VIPs

This type of computing account provides access to core software, email and the Digital Learning Environment. It does not include access to license restricted e-resources.

Discretionary account holders are also not entitled to be issued with a University of Plymouth Computer.

Please note: Staff Computing Accounts are for ‘full’ members of staff at the University and are processed internally. These happen automatically and do not need to be requested.


How to apply for a discretionary computing account 

Applications will need to be ‘sponsored’ by an existing managerial member of staff who is fully familiar with the work being undertaken by the discretionary member. Sponsors of retired staff will be the appropriate Dean or Head of School.

The discretionary membership will last for a maximum of one year after which the account will be terminated. If continued use is required, then a further application needs to be submitted.

The University reserves the right to refuse discretionary membership and may on reasonable grounds withdraw the use of the account without prior notice.

You can raise a request for a discretionary computing account via the IT self-service portal. Please ensure a completed Discretionary Membership Application form is attached to your request.  The form is available via the attachments section below.


If you have any queries, please phone the service desk via 01752 588588 or raise a new support request via the IT Self-service portal: https://itselfservice.plymouth.ac.uk

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Modified 08/08/2019