Specialist software

The University has purchased limited licensing for specialist software designed to support students on certain programmes of study.

Please click on the links below to learn more about the software and to check your eligibility.

SHU Licensed Software free to STA students (Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts)

Students Eligible: Engineering students only.

What is it for? SolidWorks (SEK) is the Engineering Kit version of SolidWorks. It has the same functionality as the SolidWorks Design Kit (SDK) but is inclusive of the simulation features and working component modelling. The SEK is the version we have on campus.

System Requirements: 64bit Windows

So, how can I get it? As licensing is very limited on this version, please ask your tutor to contact the IT Service Desk (ithelp@shu.ac.uk) to request this software. Tutors may also provide direct links to Solidworks for eligible students.

General Terms of Use: A new licence must be requested each 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 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)


Students Eligible: All STEM department students (Students in the faculty of Science, Technology and Arts)

What is it for? VMware Fusion is software from VMware that virtualizes Windows operating systems (OSes) and application programs so they can be used on Macintosh computers. VMware Fusion allows Intel-based Macs to run operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, NetWare, or Solaris.

System Requirements: Mac

So, how can I get it? VMware Fusion Pro is part of the VMware enterprise package available to STEM department students. Contact the IT Service Desk to request an account for their webstore: email ithelp@shu.ac.uk or call us on 0114 225 3333. Your product licence will be valid for one year. This starts from the first day of the month in which you place the order. You will be able to order again 12 months after your last order, providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

General Terms of Use: You must be an enrolled student in the STA faculty to download the software. You can use this for personal use only on a single machine, not for use on shared workstations. The full End User License Agreement is available at time of download.

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

Please visit VMware's product site to access knowledge base articles, community forums and FAQ's, or to log a support call.

Your tutor can offer advice if they have asked you to use this software.


Students Eligible: All STEM department students (Students in the faculty of Science, Technology and Arts)

What is it for? VMware Workstation is a hosted hypervisor that runs on x64 versions of Windows and Linux operating systems. It enables users to set up virtual machines (VMs) on a single physical machine, and use them simultaneously along with the actual machine. Each virtual machine can execute its own operating system, including versions of Microsoft Windows, Linux, BSD, and MS-DOS.

System Requirements: 64bit Windows, Linux

So, how can I get it? VMware Workstation Pro is part of the VMware enterprise package available to STEM department students. Contact the IT Service Desk to request an account for their webstore: email ithelp@shu.ac.uk or call us on 0114 225 3333. Your product licence will be valid for one year. This starts from the first day of the month in which you place the order. You will be able to order again 12 months after your last order, providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

General Terms of Use: You must be an enrolled student in the STA faculty to download the software. You can use this for personal use only on a single machine, not for use on shared workstations. The full End User License Agreement is available at time of download.

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

Please visit VMware's product site to access knowledge base articles, community forums and FAQ's, or to log a support call.

Your tutor can offer advice if they have asked you to use this software.


SHU Licensed Software free by invitation only (Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, FMC and Digital Media Production students)

Students eligible: 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? Adobe Creative Cloud is a set of creative applications and services. SHU has made a special purchase for the above courses to facilitate learning from home. The licence includes applications 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? Creative Cloud is free by invitation only. If you are on an eligible course, you will receive an email in the first semester. If you believe you are eligible but haven’t received an email, ask your tutor to contact the IT Service Desk (ithelp@shu.ac.uk).

Requests from individual students cannot be accepted.

General Terms of Use: You must be enrolled on an eligible course at Sheffield Hallam University. The software is for your personal and educational use only. It must not be used for commercial gain.

How can I get support? Adobe offer support via their user community forums, or you can contact them directly.

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)


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