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.
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 2013 Pro Plus for Home Use
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.
Microsoft Work @ Home Rights
This agreement allows a current member of staff to install Windows upgrade and other Microsoft software 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.
IT Services are 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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org quoting your order number.
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 (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) when registering for your Mathworks account.
Once you have created a Mathworks account please e-mail email@example.com so that your account can be linked to the University license.
Installation instructions can be found here.
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.