Free and discounted software

We make a wide range of free software available for you to download onto your own computer or mobile device.

Please click on the links below to learn more about what's out there, what it can help you do, and how you can get started.

SHU Licensed Software you can get for free!

Who is this suitable for? This software is for students studying modules with geographical components.

What is this? ArcGIS is a Geographical Information System for working with maps and geographic information. It is used for creating and using maps, compiling geographic data, analysing mapped information and more.

System Requirements: Windows. ArcGIS is heavily graphics dependent. You can use this link to check if your PC can run it.

So, how can I get it? Email ithelp@shu.ac.uk to request this software. As licences are limited, priority will be given to those studying GIS.

General Terms of Use: You must be a current student. The licence is for a year and each extra year required must be requested again. It is for personal and educational use only and must not be used for commercial or financial gain. Overseas use is permitted. Please read full terms.

How can I get support? See the following link for support directly from ArcGIS: http://desktop.arcgis.com/en/support/. Here you can find knowledge base articles, community forums and contact links.

If your tutor has asked you to use this software, they are your first line of support.

  • The University's IT Service Desk can help with some installation issues:
  • Over the phone at 0114 225 3333 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year)
  • Via chat, ithelp@shu.ac.uk and twitter (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)


What is it for? ChemDraw is the industry standard software used by scientists worldwide to draw accurate, chemically-aware structures for use in database queries, preparation of publication-quality graphics, and entry for modelling and other programs that require an electronic description of molecules and reactions. ChemDraw can be used for chemical drawing, publication, and query preparation. Features include chemical warnings, customized arrow tools, structure perspective tool and stereochemistry. The University's current version is 16.0.

System Requirements: Windows, Mac

So, how can I get it? SHU have purchased a site licence to enable students to download the software on home equipment. Please visit https://sitelicense.cambridgesoft.com/sitelicense.cfm?sid=2751 and confirm your student email address to access the install.

Need help installing? See our helpful installation guide.

General Terms of Use: You must be a current enrolled student at Sheffield Hallam. You may install and use one copy only, at any time. Full terms of use are available at time of download.

How can I get support? To access FAQs, KB articles, support forums and more, please visit: http://www.perkinelmer.com/informatics/support.

For support contact options, please visit: http://www.perkinelmer.com/informatics/support/contact

The University's IT department does not offer support on this software on personal devices.

Your tutor can offer you support if they have asked you to use the software.


What is it for? ENVI (Environment for Visualizing Images) is software for processing and analysing geospatial imagery. ENVI combines advanced spectral image processing and proven geospatial analysis technology with a modern, user-friendly interface and processing and analysis tools to help users extract meaningful information from images.

System Requirements: Windows, Mac

So, how can I get it? The University have purchased a site licence for ENVI. Please contact the IT Service Desk to request this software. Email ithelp@shu.ac.uk or call us on 0114 225 3333.

General Terms of Use: You must be a current, enrolled student to use this software. It must be used for the purposes of your education or academic research. It cannot be used for any commercial purpose or gain. The software can only be installed on a single home-use computer for your use only. Please read full terms.

How can I get support? ENVI offer a number of support guides for different levels of experience with the software. Click the links to see the Basic and Intermediate guides.

Please see here for more Self-Paced Training.

The University's IT department does not offer support on this software on personal devices.

Your tutor can offer you support if they have asked you to use the software.


What is it for? LabVIEW is a graphical programming environment used by millions of engineers and scientists to develop sophisticated measurement, test, and control systems using intuitive graphical icons and wires that resemble a flowchart. The LabVIEW Student Edition has the same functionality as the LabVIEW full development system. We are currently using LabVIEW 2017 at the University.

System Requirements: Mac and Windows

So, how can I get it? Email ithelp@shu.ac.uk to request this software. Please note, you will need to create an account on the LabVIEW website.

General Terms of Use: You must be a currently enrolled student at Sheffield Hallam University. You may use the software for your personal education purposes. You may install the software on up to three machines but launch on only one at a time. Full terms are available at time of download.

How can I get support? LabVIEW offer a self-paced online training course. This can be accessed once you have created an account with LabVIEW and entered the licence information.

You are also entitled to telephone and email support with your student subscription. This can be accessed via the LabVIEW portal.

The University's IT Department does not offer support for this software on personal devices.


What is it for? Matlab is a high-level computer language and interactive environment. It allows matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other languages, including C, C++, Java, Fortran and Python.

System Requirements: Windows, Mac and Linux

So, how can I get it? Email ithelp@shu.ac.uk to request this software. Please state which operating system you wish to use and confirm your student number.

General Terms of Use: Student software is for use by students on home equipment who perform academic research at the University. Software must not be used for profit or anything generating revenue. Please read full terms.

How can I get support? There are knowledgebase articles and customer forums available at MATLAB Answers.

If your tutor has asked you to use this software, they are your first line of support.

The University has a subscription to www.lynda.com which is full of tutorials and videos to further your skills; log in with your SHU username and password to access all the content. See here for more information or for how to log-in.

  • The University's IT Service Desk can help with some installation issues:
  • Over the phone at 0114 225 3333 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year)
  • Via chat, ithelp@shu.ac.uk and twitter (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)


What is it for? Microsoft Access is a database management system which can help you store information for reference, reporting, and analysis.

System Requirements: Windows

But what if I have a Mac? Two alternative free alternatives are LibreOffice and Open Office. Each has a database application. (Please note, you may need to convert these files if submitting them to Blackboard - check supported file types).

So, how can I get it? Microsoft Access is part of the Office 365 package available to all students on up to five personal devices, for as long as you are studying with us. Please see our installation guidance for details.

General Terms of Use: You must be a full time or part time student at Sheffield Hallam University. Log-in via go.shu.ac.uk/office365 with your student details in format username@hallam.shu.ac.uk (e.g b7654321@hallam.shu.ac.uk) with your University password. Please note, this is a username only and is different from your University email address.

How can I get support? Visit Microsoft's own online tutorials and help forums.

  • The University's IT Service Desk can help with general functionality:
  • Over the phone at 0114 225 3333 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year)
  • Via chat, ithelp@shu.ac.uk and twitter (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)


What is it for?Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program used to store data in a grid format. It can also be used to calculate formulas, create graphs and tables.

System Requirements: Mac, Windows and online

So, how can I get it? Microsoft Excel is part of the Office 365 package available to all students on up to five personal devices, for as long as you are studying with us. Please see our installation guidance for details.

General Terms of Use: You must be a full time or part time student at Sheffield Hallam University. Log-in via go.shu.ac.uk/office365 with your student details in format username@hallam.shu.ac.uk (e.g b7654321@hallam.shu.ac.uk) with your University password. Please note, this is a username only and is different from your University email address.

How can I get support? Visit Microsoft's own online tutorials and help forums.

The University has a subscription to www.lynda.com which is full of tutorials and videos to further your skills; log in with your SHU username and password to access all the content. See here for more information or for how to log-in.

  • The University's IT Service Desk can help with general functionality:
  • Over the phone at 0114 225 3333 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year)
  • Via chat, ithelp@shu.ac.uk and twitter (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)


What is it for?Microsoft OneNote is a digital notebook you can use across multiple devices to store typed, drawn notes, pictures, audio and other files. OneNote is specially configured for students to take Class Notes.

System Requirements: Mac, Windows, online, Android, iPhone and iPad

So, how can I get it? Microsoft OneNote is part of the Office 365 package available to all students on up to five personal devices, for as long as you are studying with us. Please see our installation guidance for details.

Please note, OneNote is free for everyone with a personal ID though this is not the same product as you can get with SHU.

General Terms of Use: You must be a full time or part time student at Sheffield Hallam University. Log-in via go.shu.ac.uk/office365 with your student details in format username@hallam.shu.ac.uk (e.g b7654321@hallam.shu.ac.uk) with your University password. Please note, this is a username only and is different from your University email address.

How can I get support? Visit Microsoft's own online tutorials and help forums.

The University has a subscription to www.lynda.com which is full of tutorials and videos to further your skills; log in with your SHU username and password to access all the content. See here for more information or for how to log-in.

  • The University's IT Service Desk can help with general functionality:
  • Over the phone at 0114 225 3333 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year)
  • Via chat, ithelp@shu.ac.uk and twitter (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)

Important: Ensure you pay attention to the privacy settings of the documents you are saving to ensure you are not sharing confidential information with other students and staff.

What is it for? Microsoft PowerPoint is a slideshow presentation program allowing users to create electronic presentations for many needs. Formatting and Transitions allow options for visually appealing slides.

System Requirements: Mac, Windows and online

So, how can I get it? Microsoft PowerPoint is part of the Office 365 package available to all students on up to five personal devices, for as long as you are studying with us. Please see our installation guidance for details.

General Terms of Use: You must be a full time or part time student at Sheffield Hallam University. Log-in via go.shu.ac.uk/office365 with your student details in format username@hallam.shu.ac.uk (e.g b7654321@hallam.shu.ac.uk) with your University password. Please note, this is a username only and is different from your University email address.

How can I get support? Visit Microsoft's own online tutorials and help forums.

The University has a subscription to www.lynda.com which is full of tutorials and videos to further your skills; log in with your SHU username and password to access all the content. See here for more information or for how to log-in.

  • The University's IT Service Desk can help with general functionality:
  • Over the phone at 0114 225 3333 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year)
  • Via chat, ithelp@shu.ac.uk and twitter (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)


What is it for? Microsoft Sway is the latest presentation application by Microsoft. It is available as an online app where you can gather, format and share reports, images, webpages and other media on an interactive web-based platform.

System Requirements: Online only

So, how can I get it? Microsoft Sway is part of the Office 365 package available to all students on up to five personal devices, for as long as you are studying with us. Please see our installation guidance for details.

General Terms of Use: You must be a full time or part time student at Sheffield Hallam University. Log-in via go.shu.ac.uk/office365 with your student details in format username@hallam.shu.ac.uk (e.g b7654321@hallam.shu.ac.uk) with your University password. Please note, this is a username only and is different from your University email address.

How can I get support? Visit Microsoft's own online tutorials and help forums.

The University has a subscription to www.lynda.com which is full of tutorials and videos to further your skills; log in with your SHU username and password to access all the content. See here for more information or for how to log-in.

  • The University's IT Service Desk can help with general functionality:
  • Over the phone at 0114 225 3333 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year)
  • Via chat, ithelp@shu.ac.uk and twitter (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)


What is it for? Microsoft Word is the leading word-processing software. The software can be used to write essays, letters, reports and other documents.

System Requirements: Mac, Windows and online

So, how can I get it? Microsoft Word is part of the Office 365 package available to all students on up to five personal devices, for as long as you are studying with us. Please see our installation guidance for details.

General Terms of Use: You must be a full time or part time student at Sheffield Hallam University. Log-in via go.shu.ac.uk/office365 with your student details in format username@hallam.shu.ac.uk (e.g b7654321@hallam.shu.ac.uk) with your University password. Please note, this is a username only and is different from your University email address.

How can I get support? Visit Microsoft's own online tutorials and help forums.

The University has a subscription to www.lynda.com which is full of tutorials and videos to further your skills; log in with your SHU username and password to access all the content. See here for more information or for how to log-in.

  • The University's IT Service Desk can help with general functionality:
  • Over the phone at 0114 225 3333 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year)
  • Via chat, ithelp@shu.ac.uk and twitter (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)


What is it for? NVivo is a software package that helps you organise, manage and analyse qualitative data such as text, images, video and more. This is often used in research or dissertations.

System Requirements: Mac and Windows

So, how can I get it? Email ithelp@shu.ac.uk to request this software. Please state which operating system you wish to use and confirm your student number.

General Terms of Use: You must be a current student and not use the software past end of study. The product must be used for non- commercial research, private study or review/criticism. You must not remove ownership or copyright notices on products. Installation of NVivo outside UK and ROI is not permitted. It can be used overseas temporarily for no more than 3 months. Further terms of use are available at time of download.

How can I get support? Visit NVivo's own Support Pages.

The University has a subscription to www.lynda.com which is full of tutorials and videos to further your skills; log in with your SHU username and password to access all the content. See here for more information or for how to log-in.

  • The University's IT Service Desk can help with some installation issues:
  • Over the phone at 0114 225 3333 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year)
  • Via chat, ithelp@shu.ac.uk and twitter (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)


What is it for? OneDrive for Business is a place for students and staff to store, share and sync work files. Users can even work on the same document with others at the same time, making it great for group projects. All accounts have 1TB of space available.

System Requirements: Online but with Mac and Windows Sync Clients for automatic file syncing across devices.

So, how can I get it? OneDrive for Business is part of the Office 365 package available to all students on up to five personal devices, for as long as you are studying with us. Please see our installation guidance for details. You can access the online version via go.shu.ac.uk/office365. Anyone can get the regular OneDrive; the business version is specifically for use of business files and provides SharePoint integration for collaboration.

General Terms of Use: You must be a full time or part time student at Sheffield Hallam University. Log-in via go.shu.ac.uk/office365 with your student details in format username@hallam.shu.ac.uk (e.g b7654321@hallam.shu.ac.uk) with your University password. Please note, this is a username only and is different from your University email address.

How can I get support? Visit Microsoft's own online tutorials and help forums.

The University has a subscription to www.lynda.com which is full of tutorials and videos to further your skills; log in with your SHU username and password to access all the content. See here for more information or for how to log-in.

  • The University's IT Service Desk can help with general functionality:
  • Over the phone at 0114 225 3333 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year)
  • Via chat, ithelp@shu.ac.uk and twitter (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)

Important: Ensure you pay attention to the privacy settings of the documents you are saving to ensure you are not sharing confidential information with other students and staff.

What is it for? Qualtrics is an online survey tool allowing users to create custom questions in a variety of formats. Within the web-based tool, you can build your survey, distribute it and analyse responses from any device with internet connection. This is often used by students completing dissertations and research projects.

System Requirements: Online only

So, how can I get it? Contact the IT Service Desk by emailing ithelp@shu.ac.uk or call us on 0114 225 3333 to request a free account. Please note, a standard version of Qualtrics is also free for everyone but you will receive more functionality via SHU's subscription.

General Terms of Use: You must be a currently enrolled student at Sheffield Hallam University. You will be granted access until the end of each academic year. Please contact us again if you require an extension on your account. Use of Qualtrics is subject to its terms of service.

How can I get support? Contact Qualtrics Support directly or visit their community forum.

The University has a subscription to www.lynda.com which is full of tutorials and videos to further your skills; log in with your SHU username and password to access all the content. See here for more information or for how to log-in.

  • The University's IT Service Desk can help with general functionality:
  • Over the phone at 0114 225 3333 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year)
  • Via chat, ithelp@shu.ac.uk and twitter (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)


Students Eligible: All students (though most relevant to Design and Engineering students).

What is it for? The SolidWorks Student Design Kit (SDK) has the same functionality as a 'Standard’ installation of the SolidWorks CAD modeller; but does not include simulation or other more advanced features. It does not have all the same features as the version on SHU PCs but does allow you to gain familiarity with the software and to create and edit geometry on your own PC or laptop.

System Requirements: 64bit Windows

So, how can I get it? Contact the IT Service Desk to request the installation documents. Email ithelp@shu.ac.uk or call us on 0114 225 3333.

General Terms of Use: A new licence must be requested per version per year of study. It can be used for personal non-commercial educational use only. Research purposes are not allowed. A full licence agreement must be accepted during set up before the installation will begin.

How can I get support? Your tutor is your first line of support with SolidWorks. SolidWorks Help is available online via their website. Students with a valid .ac.uk email can also access their tutorials.

The University has a subscription to www.lynda.com which is full of tutorials and videos to further your skills; log in with your SHU username and password to access all the content. See here for more information or for how to log-in.

  • The University's IT Service Desk can help with general functionality:
  • Over the phone at 0114 225 3333 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year)
  • Via chat, ithelp@shu.ac.uk and twitter (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)


What is it for? SPSS is a software package used for statistical analysis. It can perform highly complex data manipulation and analysis. It is designed both for interactive and non-interactive batch uses.

System Requirements: Mac and Windows

So, how can I get it? Email ithelp@shu.ac.uk to request this software. Please state which operating system you wish to use and confirm your student number.

Using this software for research? If you are conducting research or working with partners, your use must be 'Permitted' - please read full terms.

General Terms of Use: You must be a current student and agree to terms of use before installing. You must not copy, modify or distribute the program. The software is limited to teaching, studying and academic research in support of teaching and studying. Any benefit to third party is not allowed. A 'Copyright Acknowledgement' that covers these terms is available at time of request and must be read before using the software.

How can I get support? If your tutor has asked you to use this software, they are your first line of support. IBM offers online suppport.

The University has a subscription to www.lynda.com which is full of tutorials and videos to further your skills; log in with your SHU username and password to access all the content. See here for more information or for how to log-in.

  • The University's IT Service Desk can help with some installation issues:
  • Over the phone at 0114 225 3333 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year)
  • Via chat, ithelp@shu.ac.uk and twitter (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)


What is it for? Visual Studio is an integrated development environment from Microsoft. It is used to develop computer programs, websites, web apps and mobile apps. The version of Visual Studio used in the University is the Enterprise version. There are other versions such as Visual Studio Communities which may not have the same features.

System Requirements: Windows (Mac has its own client)

So, how can I get it? Microsoft Imagine Standard and Premium where Visual Studio was previously held has now been replaced with Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching. To access, please go to https://aka.ms/devtoolsforteaching and sign in using your O365 credentials: username@myhallam.shu.ac.uk (e.g. b7654321@myhallam.shu.ac.uk).

General Terms of Use: The person using the software must be a currently enrolled student at the time of download. The software included in the subscription must be used for personal, educational and non-commercial research only. Please refer to Microsoft Support and Agreement presented at sign-up for further information on eligibility.

How can I get support? The University IT Department does not offer support for this software.

Microsoft offers online suppport and guidance for Visual Studio. Your tutor can also offer advice if they have asked you to use the software.

What is it for? Windows 10 is the latest operating system (OS) provided by Microsoft. We are currently in the process of updating all our PCs to Windows 10. Would you like to use the same as you do at the University? You can download this OS as a perpetual licence meaning you can keep it forever!

System Requirements: Windows 7, Windows 8.1

So, how can I get it? Windows 10 is part of the University's education site licence for Microsoft products. It can be accessed through the Microsoft Imagine Standard portal. You can sign up via the OnTheHub portal with your University email address in the format with your name and ending @student.shu.ac.uk to access the software (e.g Jeff.Hallam@student.shu.ac.uk, not b7654321@my.shu.ac.uk).

General Terms of Use: This is for a single licence. You must be a current student at time of download. You must accept 'Microsoft's Licence Terms' before download.

How can I get support? Visit Microsoft's own online support and guidance.

The University's IT Department does not offer support for this software on personal devices.

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Other popular free software

What is this? ANSYS Student is a free workbench-based bundle for all students. ANSYS specialises in Engineering Simulation and 3D Design. It is a great choice if your tutor is already using it for your course or if you are already familiar with the ANSYS Workbench platform.

What's included? ANSYS Workbench, ANSYS SpaceClaim, ANSYS DesignModeler, ANSYS DesignXplorer, ANSYS Meshing and Extended Meshing, ANSYS Multiphysics, ANSYS Mechanical, ANSYS Autodyn, ANSYS Forte, ANSYS Chemkin-Pro, ANSYS CFD (ANSYS CFX and ANSYS Fluent).

System Requirements: 64bit Windows

So, how can I get it? Visit the ANSYS website for download information and links.

General Terms of Use: You must be a current student. The licence is for a year but is renewable. The download is for an educational licence so must be used solely by you for personal educational purposes. Full terms are to be accepted at time of download.

How can I get support? The University's IT Department does not offer support for this software.

If your tutor has asked you to use this software, they are your first line of support.

The licence includes self-guided support material (videos, guides and a community forum) provided on the Support Resources webpage.

What is this? ANSYS AIM Student is a free bundle of software provided by ANSYS, and is great if you are new to simulation. It has integrated geometry modelling based on ANSYS SpaceClaim technology and structural, fluids and electromagnetics solvers.

What's included? ANSYS Workbench, ANSYS SpaceClaim, ANSYS DesignModeler, ANSYS DesignXplorer, Mesh Generation Tool

System Requirements: 64bit Windows

So, how can I get it? Visit the ANSYS website for download information and links.

General Terms of Use: You must be a current student. The licence is for a year but is renewable. The download is for an educational licence so must be used solely by you for personal educational purposes. Full terms are to be accepted at time of download.

How can I get support? The University's IT Department does not offer support for this software.

If your tutor has asked you to use this software, they are your first line of support.

The licence includes self-guided support material (videos, guides and a community forum) provided on the Support Resources webpage.

What is it for? 3ds Max is a powerful 3D modelling and animation solution used by game developers, visual effects artists, and graphic designers to create massive worlds, stunning scenes, and engaging virtual reality (VR) experiences.

System Requirements: 64bit Windows

So, how can I get it? Visit the Autodesk site and create an account. You will be presented with an 'Install Now' button.

General Terms of Use: The software must only be used for educational purposes in accordance with the terms. It may only be installed on the student's personal computer. See 'Terms of Use' on the Autodesk website.

How can I get support? The University's IT Department does not offer support for this software.

Please visit Autodesk's own online tutorials and guidance.

More help with Autodesk? The University has a subscription to www.lynda.com which is full of tutorials and videos to further your skills, including Learn 3ds Max. Log-in with your SHU username and password to access all the content. See here for more information or for how to log-in.

What is it for? Design and shape the world around you with AutoCAD software. Create stunning 3D designs, work with designs and drawings on any platform and across devices, and enjoy greater mobility with the new web and mobile apps.

System Requirements: Windows and Mac (different client)

So, how can I get it? Visit the Autodesk site and create an account. You will be presented with an 'Install Now' button.

General Terms of Use: The software must only be used for educational purposes in accordance with the terms. It may only be installed on the student's personal computer. See 'Terms of Use' on the Autodesk website.

How can I get support? The University's IT Department does not offer support for this software on personal devices.

Please visit Autodesk's own online tutorials and guidance.

More help with Autodesk? The University has a subscription to www.lynda.com which is full of tutorials and videos to further your skills, including AutoCAD Training. Log-in with your SHU username and password to access all the content. See here for more information or for how to log-in.

What is it for? Fusion 360™ is a cloud-based 3D CAD, CAM and CAE platform for product development. It connects your entire product development process in a single cloud-based platform that works on both Mac and PC.

System Requirements: Windows and Mac

So, how can I get it? Visit the Autodesk site and create an account. You will be presented with an 'Install Now' button.

General Terms of Use: The software must only be used for educational purposes in accordance with the terms. It may only be installed on the student's personal computer. See 'Terms of Use' on the Autodesk website.

How can I get support? The University's IT Department does not offer support for this software on personal devices.

Autodesk offer an online course 'Getting Started in Fusion 360' on their website.

More help with Autodesk? The University has a subscription to www.lynda.com which is full of tutorials and videos to further your skills, including Fusion 360 Training. Log-in with your SHU username and password to access all the content. See here for more information or for how to log-in.

What is it for? Autodesk® Inventor® software provides engineers and designers a professional grade solution for 3D mechanical design, simulation, visualization, and documentation. Autodesk Inventor includes powerful modelling tools as well as multi-CAD translation capabilities and industry standard DWG™ drawings. Helping you to reduce development costs, get to market faster, and make great products.

System Requirements: 64bit Windows

So, how can I get it? Visit the Autodesk site and create an account. You will be presented with an 'Install Now' button.

General Terms of Use: The software must only be used for educational purposes in accordance with the terms. It may only be installed on the student's personal computer. See 'Terms of Use' on the Autodesk website.

How can I get support? The University's IT Department does not offer support for this software on personal devices.

Autodesk offer online support and learning through guidance documents, tutorials, videos and more on their website.

More help with Autodesk? The University has a subscription to www.lynda.com which is full of tutorials and videos to further your skills, including Inventor Training. Log-in with your SHU username and password to access all the content. See here for more information or for how to log-in.

What is it for? Maya® 3D animation, modelling, simulation, and rendering software provides an integrated, powerful toolset. Use it for animation, environments, motion graphics, virtual reality, and character creation.

System Requirements: Windows and Mac

So, how can I get it? Visit the Autodesk site and create an account. You will be presented with an 'Install Now' button.

General Terms of Use: The software must only be used for educational purposes in accordance with the terms. It may only be installed on the student's personal computer. See 'Terms of Use' on the Autodesk website.

How can I get support? The University's IT Department does not offer support for this software on personal devices.

Autodesk offer online support and learning through guidance documents, tutorials, videos and more on their website.

More help with Autodesk? The University has a subscription to www.lynda.com which is full of tutorials and videos to further your skills, including Maya Training. Log-in with your SHU username and password to access all the content. See here for more information or for how to log-in.

What is it for? Revit software is specifically built for Building Information Modelling (BIM), empowering design and construction professionals to bring ideas from concept to construction with a coordinated and consistent model-based approach. It includes the functionality of all of the Revit disciplines (architecture, MEP, and structure) in one unified interface.

System Requirements: 64bit Windows

So, how can I get it? Visit the Autodesk site and create an account. You will be presented with an 'Install Now' button.

General Terms of Use: The software must only be used for educational purposes in accordance with the terms. It may only be installed on the student's personal computer. See 'Terms of Use' on the Autodesk website.

How can I get support? The University's IT Department does not offer support for this software on personal devices.

Autodesk offer online support and learning through guidance documents, tutorials, videos and more on their website.

More help with Autodesk? The University has a subscription to www.lynda.com which is full of tutorials and videos to further your skills, including Revit Training. Log-in with your SHU username and password to access all the content. See here for more information or for how to log-in.

What is it for? Screencast-o-matic is a screen recording software that your tutor may ask you to use to present a live recording of a presentation. Your screen actions, webcam, PC audio and microphone audio can all be recorded.

System Requirements: Chromebook, Mac and Windows

So, how can I get it? You can launch the free recorder at https:// screencast-o-matic.com/screen-recorder.

General Terms of Use: The free recorder is accessible by anyone and will allow you 15 minutes of recording time. You must not violate copyright, trademarks or other intellectual rights in use of the service.

How can I get support? Visit Screencast-o-matic's own online tutorials.

If your tutor has asked you to use this software, they are your first line of support.

  • The University's IT Service Desk can help with general functionality:
  • Over the phone at 0114 225 3333 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year)
  • Via chat, ithelp@shu.ac.uk and twitter (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)


Software available at a discounted rate

What is it for? Adobe Creative Cloud is a set of creative applications and services available at a highly discounted rate for all students. Includes programmes such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier Pro, After Effects and more.

System Requirements: Mac and Windows. Please visit their website to learn more about specific system requirements.

So, how can I get it? here are a number of suppliers who offer the Creative Cloud downloads for students at a discounted rate, such as Adobe, Amazon and software4students. IMPORTANT: Please ensure sufficient research is done before purchasing. The University does not endorse any particular supplier and is not in a position to support personal software on your own device.

Please note: If you are studying any of the following courses, you may be eligible for an 'invitation only' price plan (check with your tutor):

  • BA Hons/MA Graphic Design (including User Experience Design, Advertising, Packaging)
  • BA Hon/MA Illustration
  • BA Hon/MART Digital Media Production/Management
  • BA/MA Photography
  • BA/MART Animation
  • BA/MA Fashion Management and Communication
  • What is it for? Parallels is a program that gives you the ability to run Windows on a Mac. You can simultaneously run both Mac and Windows and use Windows Applications as you would on a PC.

    System Requirements: Mac

    So, how can I get it? Parallels is available for students at a discounted rate on various sites, such as Microsoft Imagine Standard, OnTheHub by Kivuto and software4students. IMPORTANT: Please ensure sufficient research is done before purchasing. The University does not endorse any particular supplier and is not in a position to support personal software on your own device.

    General Terms of Use: The product allows for personal use on a single machine, not for use on shared workstations. You must be a current student to qualify for purchase.

    How can I get support? Parallels offers a library of knowledgebase articles and troubleshooting tips to offer support to users. There is also an online forum for other users to offer support and tips on using the software.

    Looking for more specialist software to support your studies?

    See our list of course-specific STA software.

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