Oxford University – Software Catalogue

Full listings of software agreements available here:

Sophos Anti-Virus

Sophos install files are available from: https://register.it.ox.ac.uk/self/software?swp=sophos

Microsoft Office 365 (Nexus365)

Read our IT Blog post on how to download Microsoft Office for your computer.

Learn more – Download Microsoft Office 365 Apps via Nexus365


SPSS install files and licence codes are available from: https://register.it.ox.ac.uk/software



Download the software and then follow the installation instructions for your operating system (Windows, MacOS, Linux).

NB – You NEED to run the SPSS License Authorization Wizard with Administrator Rights.

Windows users

  1. Right Click on License Authorization Wizard application from the Programs Menu and select Run as Administrator
  2. Complete the license authorization wizard, entering the authorization code for the version of SPSS you have installed
  3. Restart SPSS

Mac users

  1. Use Spotlight to find the SPSS Statistics License Authorization Wizard
  2. Complete the license authorization wizard, entering the authorization code for the version of SPSS you have installed
  3. Restart SPSS


EndNote is a commercial reference management software package, used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles.

It is available from: https://register.it.ox.ac.uk/self/software?swp=endnote

Please note that you are obliged to delete your University licensed EndNote software on leaving the University of Oxford. You can, however, retain your library and access it as normal on other personal or commercially licensed EndNote software.

Mendeley – an alternative to EndNote

Mendeley is a commerical reference management software package like EndNote.
Worth a free trial – https://www.mendeley.com

  • Free for a 2GB Personal Reference Library
  • £3.99 per month for 5GB Reference Library with first month free.

Run-time error 53

If you get a run-time error ’53’ – then it may be a missing file reference for libc.dylib in the Mendeley / Word plugin. You may therefore find this Microsoft article useful:


Mathematica is a symbolic mathematical computation program, sometimes called a computer algebra program, used in many scientific, engineering, mathematical, and computing fields.

There are two methods for using Mathematica in Oxford.

  1. University Mathematica Licence Server
    The simplest method is to download the installer software and point it at the university network license server, however that means that Mathematica will only work when you are connected to the university network via a wired connection in College / Dept or via Virtual Private Network (VPN) if wireless or outside Oxford.
  2. Mathematica PERSONAL-HOME USE
    If you want Mathematica to work without a network connection (e.g. on a laptop), Wolfram also offers a Personal-Home use license which requires you to have a personal account on the Wolfram website associated with the Oxford Mathematica license.


Stata is an integrated statistical software package that provides data analysis, data management, and graphics.

Stata is available on the “Stata GradPlan” for students. The reseller is Timberlake.co.uk

Software for Qualitative Data Analysis

Staff and Students can now download Nvivo software and codes from IT Services portal.

  1. Go to: https://register.it.ox.ac.uk/self/software
  2. then click Nvivo
  3. Accept the Terms and Conditions
  4. Download the software and installation instructions

How to get Educational discounted software

Like Windows 10 for Students and Parallels for Mac from https://help.it.ox.ac.uk/how-to-get-software



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