The University has subscribed to Office 365 which allows us to provide staff and students with a free copy of the Microsoft Office suite, which you can use on up to five different devices (please note that for a full version of Office 365 you will need to pay a subscription fee to Microsoft).
Your subscription will remain valid as long as you are a member of the University of York (and connect online every 7-10 days).
You can continue the subscription after you leave the University if you wish - note that you will need to pay a subscription fee to Microsoft at this point.
The subscription is available to all University staff and students, including associates and distance learners.
Staff using Office 365 should only use it to install Office on a personally owned device (desktop, laptop, smartphone, tablet…) or a University owned smartphone or tablet (providing this is in accordance with your department’s policies on installing software).
You should not use Office 365 on University owned desktops and laptops as these are already entitled to a version of Office under the Campus Agreement:
Office 365 includes all the usual desktop applications, like Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint, though some phone or tablet devices may only be able to run a selection of these.
The Pro Plus version to which we have subscribed does not include OneDrive, but you can sign up for this using a non-University account if you wish - remember, though, that you also have free access to Google Drive for cloud storage, and that you should be careful about where you store data that is sensitive or confidential.
On your own device, log in to the Microsoft 365 portal using your University email address (eg staff: email@example.com, students: firstname.lastname@example.org) and password and download a copy to install.
This is a large download, so if your own broadband connection is not particularly fast we recommend you do this on the high-speed campus network, if possible with a wired connection rather than wireless.
The range of applications that will be installed on various devices is shown here. Please note:
* Can be downloaded from the app store
Note: Under the terms of our licence, Office 365 is not available for Blackberry or Nokia Symbian devices.
Office 365 is downloaded via our Microsoft Portal - you'll need to log in using your University email address (eg staff: email@example.com, students: firstname.lastname@example.org) and password:
Installation instructions are available: