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Microsoft EES Education Qualified User Agreement

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Simplifying licensing of the latest software and services from Microsoft. The Microsoft Education Qualified User Agreement provides beneficial terms and prices for volume licensing of software such as Office, SharePoint, SQL Server and Exchange, operating systems like Windows Server and Windows Desktop Upgrades.

Key Facts


  • choice of one or three year enrolment
  • unlimited site licence
  • pricing normally available only to the largest sites
  • choice of resellers

Licence type

Non standard licence terms and conditions.

Important dates

Agreement start date: 1 November 2017

Agreement end date: 31 December 2020

Eligible Institutions

This framework is only available to Further and Higher Education Institutions in the UK. Schools and academy trusts with schools in are precluded.

Agreement Details

The Microsoft Education Qualified User (EQU) Agreement opens up the preferential pricing that may be obtained by sites with over 3,000 Education Qualified Users under EES to all sites with more 100 EQU. This represents a saving of around 7% for Desktop Campus, Office, Core CAL, Enterprise CAL and Windows Upgrade licences for sites with more 1,000 EQU and around 17% for Institution with less than 1,000 EQU.

Chest has contracted with the resellers for this agreement under the National Framework for Software Resellers to allow all the Community to enjoy the benefits of aggregated purchasing. The resellers under the agreement and details of their pricing and value added services can be found on the Resellers tab.

Your responsibilities under this agreement are otherwise unchanged from signing an agreement directly with Microsoft. You are not jointly responsible for the actions of any other participant site.


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Products and Pricing

This is a three year agreement running from 1 November 2017 to 31 December 2020. At whatever point you join the agreement, your contract will run for either one or three years. The advantage of choosing the three year option is that prices will be fixed for the three years.

For sites that pay the whole Chest fee for three years up-front on joining there will be a 20% discount.

Action to Participate

If you wish to take advantage of this agreement please select your option and submit an order and send the following documents by email to Chest Help.

The Master Agreement referred to in the Participation Form above, maybe found here.

Your chosen reseller will be able to supply the necessary Microsoft paperwork.

Annual Participation Fee


Payment terms

Chest is an Enterprise of Jisc. All Purchase orders must be made out to JISC, One Castlepark, Tower Hill, Bristol, BS2 0JA

Payments are due within thirty days of invoice date; recipients of late payments are entitled to interest in accordance with UK statutory provisions.

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