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Free software for staff and students personal laptops/PCs

University software download catalogue 

If you are looking to install software like SPSS or NVivo for example, onto your own laptop, you can do this by visiting the University’s software download catalogue, logging in and selecting which software you wish to download. To download SPSS you will need to follow the instructions carefully as it is a three step installation process as well as a code to activate the software.  

Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, InDesign) – free until May 31st, 2020 

All staff and students can access and download a free version of the Adobe Creative Cloud applications (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) onto your own devices, until the 31st May, 2020. Please follow these simple instructions (you may need to log in to view them) about how to download and run Adobe CC applications onto your own laptops and PCs. These applications will take approximately 20 minutes to install. 

AppsAnywhere on your own laptops/PCs 

More than 70 applications are now available from AppsAnywhere on your own laptop/PC. To access them, open a browser and go to and log in with your normal University credentials. You will then see a message asking you if it’s the first time you have used AppsAnywhere on your device. It is important that you select the blue box if it is the first time. Download and install the Cloudpaging player, after doing this you will be able to select an application you require and launch it in the normal way.  

Please be aware that for the first 3-5 minutes of running some of the apps, they may show a decrease in performance as the application downloads in the background, to prepare for use. After this the performance picks up to normal.