These software programs and packages are available free of charge to you as an Imperial College London staff member.

More free software and services, including Gartner IT resources and Qualtrics are available: Training and resources.

If you need help, check the FAQ: Software or Contact the ICT Tech Store.

Information on free software for staff

Accessibility Suite for W3C/WCAG for Adobe Dreamweaver

This free tool can be downloaded for both Windows and Mac platforms at Usablenet.

As Dreamweaver is used by more than 70% of professional and institutional web designers, this free tool makes complying with SENDA and other disability-related legislation much easier and further a core TechDis aim to help the education sector maximise the use of technology to meet the needs of the disabled.

The Accessibility Suite for W3C/WCAG:

  • Allows websites to be checked for accessibility in the same way as a document is spellchecked.
  • Helps ensure that web content meets SENDA and Priority Level 1 & 2 W3C/WAI guidelines.
  • Automatically finds user issues.
  • Offers detailed instructions on how to fix the problems found.

Tests can be run on one webpage, selected sections or folders or a complete website.


Autodesk offers online educational resources to inspire and engage teachers in problem-solving, collaboration and creative thinking.


ChemDoodle a chemical sketcher/drawing application.

ChemDoodle works on all operating systems, is available free of charge to all College members and can be downloaded onto both College-owned and personal computers. The College licence expires on the 28 November 2016.


To download ChemDoodle, follow these steps:

  1. Go to:
  2. Launch the program.
  3. Click the I have a Site Licence button and provide your College email address to request an Activation Code.

The ChemDoodle Activation Code will be emailed to you.

Alternatively, you can request the activation code: Request site code.

ChemDraw Professional 16

ChemDraw Professional 16 is a powerful desktop modelling program that enables synthetic chemists and biologists to generate 3D models of small molecules and biochemical compounds and to perform a variety of calculations and actions on the models to explore properties and interactions.

ChemDraw Professional 16 is available for free to all College account holders and can be downloaded onto your College-owned and personal computers.

The College licence expires on 26th July 2018.

Register for a download.

You can also find the Chemdraw Wiki here


ClaroRead can speak on screen text out load and is integrated with Microsoft Word. ClaroRead Plus and Pro can read scanned books and documents back with complete clarity. ClaroRead is available to register on Imperial College London-owned machines only. 

Register for a download.


Cambridge Structural Database System from the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Cetnre is a repository and curated resource for the three-dimensional structural data of molecules.

This licence runs until 31 March 2017 and covers all members of Imperial College London on College-owned machines only. 


EndNote is available to download on Imperial College London-owned machines only. We are legally required to provide a complete record of each download or transfer to the vendor. To download a copy you must register and receive instructions on how to download the software. Downloads can only be made while connected to the Imperial network, not via virtual private network (VPN) or hospital network. 

Register for a download.

Personal copies can be ordered from Bilaney Consultants.


MATLAB and Simulink campus-wide TAH license includes analysis, design, modelling, simulation, code generation, and testing products for the engineering and science schools, plus computational finance for the business and economic schools. Imperial College is deploying these tools to students, educators, and researchers via a centralised license that increases the administrative efficiency of software management and distribution, and ensures that a common set of tools is readily available for all users.

Through the agreement you will have access to software and associated documentation as well as immediate access to new releases. The TAH license permits the installation of MATLAB and Simulink on campus-managed and user-owned computers.

Download Matlab through the Mathworks Portal.


The Department of Chemistry bought a College-wide permanent site licence for Mestrenova. The licence is available to all members of College including students and can be installed on private machines as well. Both Windows and Mac versions are available.

Microsoft Campus Agreement

The College has signed up for Microsoft EES (Campus) Agreement 3. The Agreement covers the following products:

  • Office for Mac 2016;
  • Windows Desktop Operating System Upgrades – upgrade licence only;
  • Core CAL;
  • RDS CAL;
  • RDS Gateway.

Previous versions of products are covered as are new version released during the term of the agreement.

Windows 7 Upgrade licences can only be installed by your Faculty Support Team.

Further details

  • For full time members of staff and postgraduate research students.
  • Only installed on College owned or leased systems, on teaching clusters and public access systems.
  • All installations must be registered.
  • Downloads can only be made on the Imperial network not via modem, not via VPN, not via Hospital networks.

Register for a download.

Microsoft Imagine

Imagine is a Microsoft program that provides academics with software design and development tools at no charge. Administrative and professional services staff are not allowed to use this.

Register for a download. College login required.

Imagine software may be installed on any number of departmental lab machines (depending on the licensing and courses the school or department offers). The software must be used for instructional and research purposes only; it may not be used to run the infrastructure of the department. In addition, the department's faculty and students may check out or download the software to install on their personal computers. Please note, that the Imagine Premium subscription is only available to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math departments and students in that department. The Imagine Standard subscription is available to the entire institution and all students attending it.


MindView is a comprehensive, visual learning tool designed to help you develop and organise ideas. Based on the proven Mind Mapping® theory, it enhances creativity, clarifies thinking and improves memory. Choose from a variety of ready-to-use templates, easy-to-use wizards and professional clipart to improve your layout. Export your completed Mind Map® to Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, HTML or Mediator.

Available to register for on College owned machines only.

Register for a download.


Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) who provide expertise in numerical engineering, by delivering high-quality computational software (mostly used by FoNS, ICT and Chemical Engineering)is now centrally funded. Students and staff are entitled to use the software listed below on both personal and work machines.

Please click here

OriginPro 2016

Origin is available to Faculty of Natural Sciences (FONS) staff free of charge. If you are eligible, please login to the ICT Shop and register to download Origin for home or on site use.   

Members of other faculties can purchase Origin for £50 for a College-owned machine or £20 for a personal machine: Software for staff.


RealPlayer is a cross platform media player compatible with numerous container file formats e.g. MP3, MP$, QuickTIme, Windows Media. RealPlayer is available for download on College owned machines only.

All installations must be registered. Windows and Mac versions are available.

Register for a download.

Reference Manager

Reference Manager is no longer available as a free resource. This is due to a decline in registrations and training requests and follows an announcement from the supplier stating that Reference Manager will no longer be updated. 

If you are an existing user, we recommend that you migrate to EndNote.


Free licences for VMware are to be used for research and teaching purposes only.

Get VMware

  • Go to the VMware website.
  • Click Sign in.     
  • Select Imperial College London. You will be redirected to the Imperial College authentication page.
  • Enter your College username and password. An email will be sent with a link to the download.

Licence usage terms can be found at on the VMware website.

Products include:

  • VMware vSphere Advanced   
  • VMware Fusion (for Mac)   
  • VMware Workstation (for Windows)    
  • VMware Workstation (for Linux 32 Bit)   
  • VMware Workstation (for Linux 64 Bit)