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Remote learning: Data analysis software

“...programs, such as NVivo, have the potential to make the analysis of qualitative research data easier, more efficient, and more extensive"

Lee Fallin (2019), in Opie & Brown (eds) Getting Started in Your Educational Research

When working remotely you may not have access to the software you are used to. This page details the available software that can be installed on your computer if you are a student or member of staff at the University of Hull.

Online alternatives for workshops

Due to the restrictions put in place to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, some Skills Team workshops have been switched to an alternative format. Our SPSS, NVivo and EndNote/NVivo sessions are now available as self-paced online workshops that you can complete in your own time.

Software for analysing primary and/or secondary data

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet developed by Microsoft for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications

With a Microsoft 365 account, you can install Microsoft Excel on your own devices (including Windows & macOS computers as well as Android and Apple phones or tablets). To sign up for an Office 365 account your will need your University of Hull email address. Sign up for an account by signing up for a new account on the Microsoft website and following the instructions on the site. You will need to access your University of Hull email, as Microsoft will send a verification email to it. Support and installation instructions can be found on the Support Portal.

IMB SPSS Statistics

SPSS Statistics is a software package used for interactive, or batched, statistical analysis.

Staff and students at the University of Hull can download IBM SPSS Statistics for free (for Windows, macOS and Linux). Just visit the Support Portal and search ‘IMB SPSS’. Sign in required and confirmation that you are using it for academic purposes.


NVivo is a qualitative data analysis computer software package produced by QSR International. It has been designed for qualitative researchers working with very rich text-based and/or multimedia information, where deep levels of analysis on small or large volumes of data are required.

Staff and students at the University of Hull can download QSR NVivo for free (for Windows and macOS). Just visit the Support Portal and search ‘NVivo’. Sign-in required.


ArcGIS is a geographic information system for working with maps and geographic information. It is used for creating and using maps, compiling geographic data, analyzing mapped information, sharing and discovering geographic information, using maps and geographic information in a range of applications, and managing geographic information in a database.

Staff and students at the University of Hull can download ArcGIS or free (Windows only). Just visit the Support Portal and search ‘ArcGIS’. Sign-in required. You can also access geospatial information via DigiMap (academic use only).


R is a programming language and free software environment for statistical computing and graphics supported by the R Foundation for Statistical Computing. The R language is widely used among statisticians and data miners for developing statistical software and data analysis. Polls, data mining surveys, and studies of scholarly literature databases show substantial increases in popularity

You can download R for free.

Laurence Anthony software

Laurence Anthony has developed a suite of free software focused on linguistics and corpus analysis. 

You can download this software for free on Laurence Anthony's website.

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