Software for Home

Aston University has many agreements with software vendors to provide unlimited use of their software; however this usually only allows installation on University owned devices and this prohibits staff from using it on personal devices such as laptops or home computers.

The following lists the software which can be installed on your personal devices under the University licenses and details the process to obtain it.

Antivirus Software

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 Work @ Home Rights

This agreement allows a current member of staff to install Windows upgrade or Office on their personal devices whilst they remain in employment at the University. This software is only provided for work purposes and should not be used for personal reasons.  The license is also not perpetual (will expire) which means that if the University cancels the main license or you leave the University employment then you must uninstall the software you obtained through the work @ home rights agreement.

ISA is unable to provide support for personal devices and therefore will not be able to install this software for you.  As such you are able to purchase an installation disk from our current supplier for a nominal fee. 

To obtain the software you will need to register for an account on the following website http://astonuniv.viglenworkathome.co.uk using your Aston University email address.

Once registered you will be able to purchase the installation media (either a disk or via download) using a credit / debit card.

Please note: The Windows license available is only an upgrade license and therefore you must already own a qualifying operating system license to upgrade.

Microsoft Office 365 for Home Use

Microsoft have now made Office 365 available via the university's software agreement for staff to purchase it at a discounted rate for home use. There are no restrictions on the use of this software and it can be installed on 2 devices including Mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads. This is a four year subscription license for a one off payment. Further details are available via the university chosen Microsoft Partner Viglen; http://astonuniv.viglenworkathome.co.uk 
You will need to register for account if you have not used this service previously using your Aston University email address.


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. It is also permitted to install it on a single personal devices for the same purposes. 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.

SPSS Statistics

The University agreement only allows use of the software only for academic / teaching purposes and explicitly states that it must not be used for the running of University business, commercial research or NHS business / research. However students can install it on their personal devices for the purposes of studying. This also applies to academics wishing to install it on personal devices whilst developing or delivering academic or teaching activities as long as it does not infringe any of the conditions listed above.

The software is available by online application or can 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 if borrowing it from the Library.


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 software@bilaney.co.uk quoting your order number.

Endnote Web

As an alternative to purchasing Endnote there is an online service called Endnote Web 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.


Staff 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 (username@aston.ac.uk) when registering for your Wolfram ID.

Once you have created a Wolfram ID, please use the link below to obtain the software and license.



Staff wishing to install Matlab will need a Mathworks account to obtain the software.  If you do not have one then follow the link to the Mathworks website and create one.  Please note:  You must use your Aston e-mail address (username@aston.ac.uk) when registering for your Mathworks account.

Once you have created a Mathworks account please e-mail matlab@aston.ac.uk so that your account can be linked to the University license.

Installation instructions can be found here.

MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDNAA)

Staff working in the School of Engineering and Applied Science have access to the MSDN Developer Academic Alliance programme.  This service gives students access to a variety of Microsoft software, including Windows 7, 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.

Staff will need to request a username and password via their support team and then they can access the service from anywhere via the Aston University Engineering MSDNAA web site.  If staff have forgotten their password they can follow the forgotten password link from the MSDNAA site log in page.

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