For research, you can only use software that has been approved by the University.

    Below you can find a list of applcations that are used extensively for psychological research. Click on each tab below to expand and learn more.
    Why a software needs to be approved by the University?

    The University is trying to manage the number of software applications used for research so that applications are fit for purpose, secure and, importantly, enable us to comply with our obligations under the GDPR and other data protection laws.

    What if the software I need is not approved/provided by HWU?

    The software applications listed below are the ones approved by HWU for research for the reasons mentioned above. For psychological research, these applications cover a wide range of data collection methods and data analysis tools.

    If an application is not listed below or at HWU IT Essesntials page then kindly email and ask whether the software you need is already licenced by the University for the intended use. If not, and there is a wide interest for it i.e. needed by a whole dept or School, then email your local tech support listed below (for psychology staff and students only). 

    Please note:

    • individual requests will not be considered i.e. a staff member or student requests an application to be approved for their own individual project.
    • the application process may take weeks or months to be considered and the local technicians do not have control over it - applications are processed by the Information Governance team.

    Local psychology technicians:


    Online surveys - Qualtrics
    Online interviews and transcriptions
    Software provided by HWU
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