Microsoft Office 2016 – optional upgrade for staff

Microsoft Office 2016 is now available for deployment to the HWU managed staff desktop*.

If you wish to upgrade your PC or laptop please email the IT HelpDesk ( stating: –

  • your UserID
  • your computer name**
  • that you wish your computer to be upgraded to Microsoft Office 2016

The upgrade will run overnight and we will let you know when your upgrade will take place.

Please note that the upgrade will remove Microsoft Office 2013 completely.

If you have any queries regarding the either of these upgrades please contact the IT Helpdesk.

* Managed desktops and laptops are:

  • All staff desktops and laptops in Professional Services
  • All staff/postgraduate desktops in SoSS
  • Windows 7 desktops and laptops in EGIS where users log on with their HWU UserID and password
  • Windows 7 desktops and laptops in EPS where users log on with their HWU UserIDaboutmypc and password

** You can find your PC/laptop name in About My PC on your desktop.  It has the following format –  HWPC**** or HWLAP****

To help you get started with Office 2016 see What’s new and improved in Office 2016 for Office 365

You’ll find other useful links on our Software guides & tutorials page

12 Apps of Christmas: Class Timetable

unnamedToday’s app, Class Timetable, lets you keep track of all your scheduled classes from your mobile device. Keep track of where you should be with a widget on your home screen and optional notifications before each class.

To download, go to:

Android: Class Timetable 

iOS: Class Timetable  

EndNote upgrade to version X7.7.1

EndNote will be upgraded to version X7.7.1 on the HWU Staff and endnote771Student managed desktops by the end of 2016.

When you first open the upgraded version, the Welcome to EndNote window may be displayed, with prompts to help you get started syncing, sharing, learning and connecting with the EndNote community.

  • If you are an existing user, you will have an EndNote online account, and are probably all set up to go – so you can just close the Welcome window.
  • If you are a new EndNote user, you will want to set up an EndNote online account – see EndNote Sync: EndNote X7.1 and Later to find out how to set up an online account and sync libraries.

You can open the Welcome to EndNote window at any time from the Help menu.

Learning to use EndNote

EndNote for Personal Use

Staff and students can purchase a personal copy of EndNote for home use – see Software for Personal Use for details.

12 Apps of Christmas: Sonocent

Today’s app, Sonocent Recorder, allows you to take high quality audio recordings asonocentrecordernd annotate with colours, photos and text notes. Remember to always get permission before recording anyone else.

The recordings can then be transferred into Audio Notetaker for further processing.

To download, go to:

Android: Sonocent

iOS: Sonocent

12 Apps of Christmas: EverNote

Today’s app is Evernote, a great note taking app which is also available for yoevernoteur desktop or laptop PC and in your browser. With EverNote Basic you can group your notes into notebooks and share them with others. Other features include:

  • Attach documents to notes
  • Search for text inside images
  • Add information straight from webpages
  • Add a passcode to secure your notes

There are paid for versions of Evernote, Evernote Plus and Evernote Premium, which have additional features. For a comparison, visit their website.

The app is available on iOS and Android.

iPad users can also download Penultimate, a handwriting app which allows you to use a stylus to handwrite notes on the iPad.

To download, go to:

Android: Evernote

Browser: Evernote

iOS: Evernote

Other: Evernote

Penultimate: Penultimate

12 Apps of Christmas: Quizlet

Today’s app is Quizlet, a fun online learning tool that helps you quizletstudy on the go. With Quizlet you can create flashcards and quizzes, or use ones made by other users. You can also access it in your browser at

It’s available on iOS and Android. To download, go to:

Android: Quizlet

iOS: Quizlet

12 Apps of Christmas: Alarmy

Today’s app is Alarmy  (Sleep If U Can) – alarm.

alarmyIf you’re struggling to get up in time to get to lectures or exams,
then this might be the app for you.

Alarmy (Sleep If U Can) is the innovative solution for those who just can’t seem to get up on time, even with an alarm clock. This app has been cleverly designed to force you to get out of bed. You set it up by registering a photo of an area or room in your house. Then once the alarm is set, the ONLY way to make it stop ringing is to get out of bed and go take a photo of the registered area.

To get the app search for Alarmy in the app store, or follow the links below:

Android: Alarmy

iOS: Alarmy

12 Apps of Christmas: Office apps

Office apps

Not sure there is much to say on this one really – you can download the Office apps onto your phone or tablet.

Android: Office Apps

iOSOffice apps

Online apps

Alternatively, you can log into your Office 365 account and use the online apps (the ones you have access to may vary from those shown here).


Desktop applications

And don’t forget that you can also download the full version of Office onto your desktop computer (PC or Mac)


See Microsoft Office for free


12 Apps of Christmas: Vision/Blackboard Mobile

bbappToday’s app is Blackboard Mobile Learn. It allows you to access Vision on-the-go using any Android or iOS phone or tablet.

It’s free, easy to use and gives you the best viewing experience on a range of devices.

Features of the app include:

  • Announcements – keep updated from all your courses and modules
  • Content – access learning materials and course information
  • Discussions – read and post to discussions
  • Grades – view grades
  • More – access to tests, blogs, wikis and journals when active in a course.

To get the app search for Blackboard Mobile Learn in the app store, or follow the links below:

Android: Blackboard Learn

iOS: Blackboard Learn


12 Apps of Christmas: Instapaper

Welcome to our countdown to Christmas!

From now until the end of semester we’ll be posting about a different app every weekday. The apps have been selected from thousands that are available and are ones that you might find useful for study, revision or just student life in general.

If you have an app that you think we should feature let us know – otherwise we’ll suggest ones that we think you might like to take a look at.

Come back and investigate what’s new every day, or save the webpages to look at later using our first app!


instapaperInstapaper allows you to save webpages from your computer or mobile device to read offline later. It’s available as a browser bookmark, Chrome extension and app for Android and iOS. It’s owned by Pinterest and as of 1 November all premium features were made available to all users, including:

  • Full text searching of articles you’ve saved
  • The option of saving as text-only reading
  • Add notes to your saved articles
  • Send to Kindle option

For more information, go to:

To download, go to:


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