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Library Services for Studying Online: Using IT Services online

IT services you can use from home

Below are some details of useful IT services for studying at home. For full details and support please see the IT support webpages, or visit HudHelp to answer your questions or request support.

Software to use at home

The following software can be downloaded on your own devices, for free.

Office365Students can download Office software (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint) on up to five devices, as well as using the online versions of these programs. Go to the Office365 tab in your email, and follow these instructions.

Adobe Creative Cloud: Adobe has temporarily enabled their Home Use licence to allow University staff and students to use their software from home. Follow these instructions (HudHelp login required) to set up access to Creative Cloud software at home.

EndNote: Reference management software. Download files and instructions.

Data analysis software: SPSS, Nvivo and Minitab are all available to download from the IT webpages.


HudStudy offers software and other technology which can support everyone to study, learn and work more effectively and efficiently.


Find out more about the services on offer on the HudStudy website and access self-help on the HudStudy Brightspace module.

Software to use remotely

UniDesktop enables you to use a range of University software on your own desktop, laptop or tablet while you are away from the University.

The majority of software is provided using a ‘virtual desktop environment’ that mirrors (as much as our software licensing allows) what you would normally have access to in the Library and School computer labs.

A small range of commonly used software is also available as individual applications.

Guide to UniDesktop: Information related to accessing UniDesktop and its services. Including user guides for Windows, Mac and Smart devices.

Saving your work


While working remotely during the COVID-19 health crisis, we recommend using OneDrive as the best way to access your files wherever you are. 

OneDrive is cloud storage from Microsoft which gives you 1TB of file space. You can access your files from any browser using the Office365 tab in your UniMail. You can also download the OneDrive app to your computer and mobile device to access your files across devices.

For more information, see the IT webpages.

K drive

All students at the University have a personal storage space on the network with the drive letter K:, with a minimum of 2GB storage (students on some courses may have a higher limit).

If you need to get into files you saved on University computers, you can access your K: drive via My Hud or UniDesktop.