Aston University has many agreements with software vendors to provide unlimited use of their software; however this only allows installation on University owned devices and this prohibits use on personal devices such as laptops or home computers.
The following lists some of the software in use at the Univeristy and the process to obtain it for use on a personal device.
If you are working on a home / personal device and transferring files / documents to the university network then we ask that you have reasonable protection against viruses. For Microsoft Windows users we recommend that you have Microsoft Security Essential installed. This is a free download available from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows/products/security-essentials.
Microsoft Office Pro Plus and Microsoft Web Apps
Through our educational agreements with Microsoft we are now able to provide you with access to Microsoft Office Pro Plus. This will allow you to use the web versions of our favourite office applications and also to install the full office suite on your Laptop or Desktop device, in fact you can install it on up to 5 devices. You can even install and use the Mobile versions of the applications on your Windows phone, iPhone, Android phone and your Windows RT device.
Details on installing the software on your own computer or laptop can be found here.
SPSS – Statistics Package
The University agreement only allows the use of the software for academic / teaching purposes and explicitly states that it must not be used for commercial activities, commercial research or NHS business / research. However students can install it on their personal devices for the purposes of studying.
The software is available by online application
The University agreement only allows the use of the software for academic / teaching purposes and explicitly states that it must not be used for commercial activities. However students can install it on a single personal devices for the purposes of studying. Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac versions of the software are now available, however the Mac version currently offers less functionality. To compare the products, you can view a feature comparison here.
NVivo software is available by online application.
Through an extension of the university license both staff and students are permitted to purchase a perpetual license (does not expire) for Endnote at a greatly reduced rate. This is compatible with both Mac and Windows.
You can purchase the software here. The cost at the time of publishing is £88.80 including VAT and delivery to the UK.
Important: Having ordered the software a copy of your Student ID is required to prove eligibility. Send either a photo or scan of your uniCARD to email@example.com quoting your order number.
A useful guide called 'The Little EndNote How-To Book' is available to download here.
As an alternative to purchasing Endnote there is an online service available. You can register for the service at https://www.myendnoteweb.com/EndNoteWeb.html
Just select the 'institutional login' link towards the bottom of the page to get started.
Students wishing to install Mathematica will need a Wolfram ID to obtain the software. If you don't have one then follow the link to the Wolfram portal and create one. Please note: You must use your Aston e-mail address when registering for your Wolfram ID.
Once you have created a Wolfram ID, please use the link below to obtain the software and license.
The University Matlab license now allows students to install Matlab on their personal computers. The installation is done via the internet so you will need an active internet connection. The installation is also very large (several gigabytes) so we would recommend not using a mobile broadband connection, unless it is unlimited.
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Solidworks (EAS Students Only)
The software can currently be borrowed from the Library on a short loan to install it. You will also be asked to sign a copy of the software agreement.
LabVIEW (EAS Students Only)
If you are a student of the Engineering & Applied Sciences school, then you can downloaded the software here. For reference this is a 5.2Gb .iso file which will take a little time to download if you are accessing it from home.
You will then need to email the ISA Helpdesk to request the installation instructions and the current serial number which is used to activate the software.
Please Note: Please do not share these files with anyone as this software is only licensed for Engineering & Applied Science Students only.
Students studying in the School of Engineering and Applied Science have access to the Dreamspark programme. This service gives students access to a variety of Microsoft software, including Windows, Visual Studio and Project, for free. The software can be used for University and personal non-commercial projects, and students may continue to use these products for non-commercial purposes even after they graduate.
Eligible students will be sent an e-mail during their first year with their username (their University e-mail address) and password and they can access the service from anywhere via the Aston University Engineering Dreamspark web site. If students have forgotten their password they can follow the forgotten password link from the Dreamspark site log in page.