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Microsoft Select Scheme

What is the Microsoft Select scheme?

The University of Dundee has an agreement with  CHEST (the Combined Higher Education Software Team), also known as EDUSERV, with Microsoft, and with a designated Microsoft Reseller. This enables us to sell individual Microsoft software products at much reduced prices to University departments.

The software covered is a large proportion of all software produced by Microsoft, although it does not cover everything.

Different to the University's Campus Agreements, which are essentially renewable rental agreements, MS Select allows departments to purchase and use software for as long as they wish.

The agreement is administered on the University's behalf by UoD IT. This is unrelated to site licensing, as Microsoft does not sell site licences.

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How can I access the Microsoft Select scheme?

We advise that you firstly check that the software you want is not already licensed under the University's Campus Agreements. This is the most cost effective way of accessing licensed software.

If the software you are looking for is not available under Campus Agreements, check the product list on the CHEST site to find out if it's available that way.

To order software - submit a Purchase Order via Service Desk 

Note: We can only order software on receipt of a University Purchase order. We cannot accept cash or sell software to individuals.

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What products are available and how much are they?

An up-to-date list of all software products is available on the CHEST website.

What are the conditions of purchasing a licence?

  1. The University, not the individual, is the licensee of the software.
  2. Individual Staff Members are permitted to copy software for home use, for a narrow range of products including Office and Office Pro components e.g. Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Other restrictions apply;
    • If you have a laptop and a home desktop computer, you must choose on which you want to use the Microsoft software.
    • If your work machine is used by more than one person, only the "primary user" is allowed to copy the software and use it at home (or on a laptop).
    • The work you do at home, or on your laptop, must be "University work-related".
  3. Orders cannot be accepted from a Health Board or Trust, or another external body. This scheme is administered by the University, for the benefit of the University.
  4. Licences are "in perpetuity". This means that when the agreement ends, you and your department can keep using the software. This does not include upgrades of any kind - these must be purchased separately.

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Who can I speak to about the MS Select Scheme?

For more details about the Microsoft Select scheme or to place an order please contact Service Desk.

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