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Staff & research postgraduates: Office 365 at home for free!

(24 February 2017)

Research postgraduates and eligible staff can now get a free copy of Microsoft Office on up to five home PCs and Macs and five mobile devices. Read on to find out if you're eligible and how to take advantage of this offer.

If you're a research postgraduate or a fixed term or non-fixed term member of staff who uses a computer as part of your job here at the University, you're likely to be eligible to:

  • Download the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote Access and Publisher on up to five home PCs, Macs (e.g. your home desktop, laptop), and five mobile devices (e.g. mobile phone or tablet - Apple, Android or Windows).

Downloading Office 365 at home

  • The first thing to do is check you're eligible. If you meet the criteria above, you should be. To confirm go to:
    • Microsoft's Office 365 for education web pages (or search for 'Office 365 for education' on Microsoft's web site)
    • Enter your Durham University email address and click 'Get Started'
    • Select 'I'm a teacher'
    • If you're eligible, you'll be presented with a sign in screen
    • Sign in with your Durham University username (e.g. and password
    • Once you have access, select the ‘Install Office 2016’ button
    • Once you have downloaded it on one of your home machines, you can download it on your other devices by visiting

This is an optional extra for your personal use and is not part of your University IT provision and as a result CIS will not be offering support for home use. If you need help downloading or using any of Microsoft products, they have a wealth of information on their support pages. This is a good starting point:

Getting started with Office 365 (or search for ‘Getting started with Office 365’ on the Microsoft website).

It’s a good idea to check your machine or device meets the system requirements. You can find them here:

You are eligible for this while you remain in the employment of Durham University or for the duration of your postgraduate studies. Once you leave the University you will no longer be licensed to use it and will need to source an alternative.

You can find out more about this offer at either CIS Service Catalogue or the HR Benefits web pages.

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