Microsoft Imagine Guidelines

In the following guidelines the programme is referred to as Imagine. If you are a member of a STEM disclipline, you are normally eligble for Imagine Premium. The guidelines for each programme are the same.

Imagine - Student Use Guidelines

As a member of the Imagine programme, the department in which you take credit courses is authorised to provide you with programme software for use on your personal computers. To be in compliance with the Imagine programme requirements, you must follow these usage guidelines when using the programme software on your computer. You must also agree to the terms of the Imagine License Agreement (EULA), the Amendment to Master End-User License Agreement, and any conditions required by your department.

The Imagine Site Administrator at your School will be responsible for maintaining records of student use and ensuring there is full compliance with the programme among all department users, including students, faculty and systems administration staff. Please see your Site Administrator for any questions that you may have about the programme, or refer to

By installing, copying, or otherwise using the Product, you agree to be bound by the terms of the EULA and the License Amendment. If you do not agree to be bound, do not install, copy or use the Product.

Installation Guidelines:

  • The University of Birmingham has chosen to provide access to the programme software using an online portal. All software reproduced for checkout will be a complete copy, and include all copyright and trademark notices.
  • You must be registered in at least one credit course within the member department to be eligible to load programme software on your personal use computer. Students registered solely for non-credit courses in the department are not eligible to receive programme software.
  • You may not give copies of loaned software to anyone else for their use. Other qualifying students must obtain software via the method(s)set up by the Imagine Site Administrator.
  • In order to install certain components of the Product, you may need an Academic Alliance Product Key ("Product Key").The Product Key will be assigned to solely to download authorised software. You may not disclose the Product Key information to anyone else.
  • The Imagine Administrator will maintain records of software downloaded from server or checked out, and will provide those records to Microsoft upon request.

Usage Guidelines:

  • You may use the software for non-commercial purposes including instructional use, research and/or design, development and testing of projects for class assignment and tests or personal projects. You may not use the programme software for any for-profit software development.
  • When you are no longer a registered student in a department that is a member of the Imagine programme , you may no longer receive updates for your personal use computer. However, you may continue to use previously installed software on your computer, provided you continue to follow programme guidelines.
  • If you violate the terms of the License Agreement and EULA, the Imagine Programme Administrator will demand confirmation of removal of the programme software on your personal use computer.

Accessing ELMS

The ELMS system has been configured to use campus integrated authentication. This means that you do not have a separate username and password to access the ELMS system and that you must visit this page whenever you wish to access ELMS.

Important note: By following the link, your username and status within the University will be passed to E-Academy so that they may authorise your use of the programme. Only follow the link if you are happy for this to occur. Information will include your username, department/school and if you are staff or student.

Continue to ELMS for access to Imagine.