Printing, photocopying and scanning

Dual purpose self-service photocopiers/printers are available across the University and are available in libraries.

Before you use the University printers you MUST activate your ID card for printing. See “Printing for the first time”

Once a print job is sent, you can release the job on any FollowMe printer in the University using your ID card or login to authenticate, they are not site specific.

Print jobs remain active for only 24 hours after they are submitted.

Instructions on printing, photocopying and scanning are available in the Sharp User Guide.

Problems with the photocopiers should be reported to the ICT Servicedesk

When using the printing system for the first time you will need to associate your ID card with your account. To do this, simply swipe your ID card on one of the photocopiers and enter your University username and password. That’s it.

Please remember to log out when print jobs are completed.

In this quick guide you will see instructions on how to get yourself printing and copying quickly.

Sharp MX5141 model

Sharp MXC301 model

Sharp User Guide v1.01 (Both models)

A4 mono (black and white)

  • single sided: 5p
  • double sided: 10p

A4 colour

  • single sided: 25p
  • double sided: 50p

A3 mono (black and white)

  • single sided: 10p
  • double sided: 20p

A3 colour

  • single sided: 50p
  • double sided: £1

You can print your documents from any mobile device via the web, email and cloud print.  Upload your documents to print at  Please see the Wireless Printing Guide v1.3 for further information.

Print history allows you to check your history by logging in.

Thermal (heat) binding facilities are available in Holloway and Aldgate libraries. Comb or leatherflex heat binding is available from the Print Centre in room TMG-136 Tower Building, Holloway site.

Library binding price list:

  • Soft cover thermal binding: £2.00 per binder

Please ask in the library for details.

Print Centre binding price list:

  • Leatherflex binding – next working day: £8 per book
  • Leatherflex binding – same day within 2 hrs: £12 per book
  • Comb / Tape binding – next working day: £1 per book
  • Comb / Tape binding – same day within 2 hrs: £4 per book
  • Acetate cover & card back: 50p per book

Leatherflex binding has a cover with a cut out window for your title text to show through from your first page. The ‌ can be used for the title page which has correct window position.

You can get A4 and A3 laminating by taking your printed documents to The Print Centre, located at Holloway Site, Room TMG-136. Laminating involves placing the sheet of paper in a thin plastic pouch and putting it through a heat sealing machine.

The plastic film usually extends beyond the edge of the page.

Price list:

Laminating A4

  • next working day: 50p
  • same day within 2 hrs: £1

Laminating A3

  • next working day: £1
  • same day within 2 hrs: £2

You can get large format poster printing in A2, A1 and A0 sizes by emailing your print ready PDF file to

Your file will need to be supplied print ready with bleed and cut marks.  

Please see the Artwork Guide on how to prepare your file to print.

Price list:

  • A2 (420mm x 594mm) – next working day: £5.05
  • A1 (594mm x 841mm) – next working day: £7.35
  • A0 (841mm x 1189mm) – next working day: £11.95

UK Copyright law

Copyright law allows you to copy a limited amount of material without the permission of the copyright owner, but only for use in private study and you should not make more than one copy of a reasonable proportion of the material. Copyright statements are displayed by each machine.

When photocopying, printing and scanning see information about Copyright introduction.

Frequently asked questions

You can top-up your print account using the online Print credits system using a debit or credit card.

You will need your University username and password.

The minimum top-up amount is £2.00.

Cash top-ups can also be made in person at the Cashiers Office, located on the ground floor of the Admin Block at Holloway (near the Rocket entrance).

The University does not offer cash refunds for Print Credits.

However in certain circumstances we can give re-credits (eg if the printer jams and spoils your printing) or a refund for unused credits (over £10 only).  Please see the Print Credit Refund Policy v1.2 for full information.

If you are an Alumni or a visitor to the University wishing to photocopy or print, you can create a guest account online.  Click on "I do not have an account yet, I would like to create one".  Follow the onscreen instructions and you will be given a unique username and password.

A4 mono (black and white) single sided: 5p
A4 mono double sided: 10p

A4 colour single sided: 25p
A4 colour double sided: 50p

A3 mono (black and white) single sided: 10p
A3 mono double sided: 20p

A3 colour single sided: 50p
A3 colour double sided: £1

Related documents

Related documents and quick instructions to help you print, photocopy and scan your documents.

The cover to use for your dissertation and thesis before submission to the print centre.

This guide provides a summary to assist users in preparing print-ready artwork to send to the print centre.

Quick guide to get you printing from the University wireless network or from the web.

Instructions on printing, photocopying and scanning.

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