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Dissertation Survival Guide: Step Four: Analyse your Results

Guidance on how to complete your Dissertation/Final Year Project and make the most of Library and IT Services and Resources

Start analysing your results

So, you have your data, but what does it mean? This is where you put YOUR data into the context of the literature you’ve already found. We’ve a suite of tools to help you be organised and effective – these range from computers and quiet space available in the Library, to UniDesktop that lets you access university software from your own computer. 

Don't forget to back-up your work!

Make sure you save your work regularly and back it up! There are few things worse in the academic world than losing a USB stick with your entire dissertation on the week before it is due in.

Save your work in multiple places. As well as using a USB stick, you could also save work to your K drive which is backed up by Computing Services on a daily basis. You can access your K drive from off-campus using MyHud.

You also have 1 TB of storage space available on OneDrive so you can access your files safely and securely. As part of your OneDrive you can upload or create new documents using online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote and save them to your OneDrive storage. See the video below for more information about using OneDrive.


Mind-mapping is a powerful, visual way of organising your notes and thoughts, helping you to structure your work. Add words, images and citations to build a meaningful diagram which can then be exported to other formats, such as Word and PowerPoint. 

MindView 7 is available on all University computers, and via UniDesktop from home. For help and advice in using this software, watch this short video. You can also contact for advice.

Software to use off-campus

Studying remotely? Lots of University software is available to use off-campus, either remotely through UniDesktop, or by downloading to your own computer.

See the video below for more details about what software is available to all students. There may be specialist software available to students on your own course as well, so contact your tutors if there is something else you need to use.