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Updated return to campus 2021

FREE Office 365

Microsoft’s Student Advantage gives students and staff the ability to install Office on up to 5 personally owned (not university issued) PCs and Macs.

Office 365 Professional Plus is provided on a subscription basis - you can use the latest version of Office while you are registered with the university and have an active network login account.

How do I install Office 365 Professional Plus?

Office Professional Plus is provided as a download. You will require a good internet connection and will need to stay on-line until it is installed.

Use the Office 365 Quick Guide or follow the instructions below.

Sign in to Office365

  • Open the Microsoft Log in page - please bookmark on your devices
  • In the Office365 ID box, type your email address. Enter it as (student) or (staff)
  • In the Password box, type your Network password.

Installing the software

  • Once you have logged in to your email, click on the small circle in the top right corner (it might have your picture on it)  and select My Account
  • You may now be asked to log in again
  • In the main window you will see an Install Office button, click that and follow the on screen instructions


  • Some frequently asked questions have been posted and answered - see the FAQs tab above.

FREE Sophos Security

FREE Personal PC and Mac protection for all Sophos customers

Remote working means many people are using their personal computers for business purposes. To help you stay secure, all Sophos customers (the University of Cumbria is a customer) can protect their employees' (and students) personal PCs and Macs for free with Sophos Home Commercial Edition software for the duration of the current lockdown. See below for details of how to get your free copy.


How to get it:

1. Visit

2. Use your university email address to verify your eligibility and receive your unique coupon code.  NOTE: Your personal email address is to be used later for registration. During registration, please ensure the accuracy of your personal email as coupon codes are single-use.

3. Follow a few simple steps to register for and download the product, extending your powerful Sophos security to your home devices.

More information

For more information about the product and get some answers to questions you may have, please visit

After lockdown

Please be aware that when this free offering ends, you may want to remove the software from your device, or choose to subscribe for longer. The university uses Sophos and trusts it as security software.

Office 365 FAQs

What happens when I leave?

The software is deactivated when your user account is removed after you leave the university. If you wish to continue to use the software you can purchase a subscription.

I have a previous version of Office - can I keep this?

Office 365 Professional Plus will install alongside your current Office installation.

What happens if I have problems installing the software?

This offer is from Microsoft, not from the university.  As a result if you have any problems installing the software on your device, you will need to contact Microsoft for support.

Does it work on all devices?

No, it doesn't work on windows PCs running XP or older, and it wont work on Macs running older than Snow Leopard.  Please click here for the full compatibility list

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