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Free Access to Visio and Sketch Engine Web Apps

Microsoft Visio for the web – the ultimate tool for diagramming!

A lightweight version of the Visio web app is available free of charge to Newcastle University students and colleagues.

With Visio for the web, you can create professional diagrams anytime, anywhere, with anyone. View, create and edit a diagram in the same way as other Office Online documents. 

Simply log in at and search for Visio.

Visio for the web is available to use free of charge. If you’d like the full functionality of the Visio desktop app (Visio Plan 2), upgrade and pricing details are on the IT Service website software pages.

Sketch Engine - helping you explore and analyse language

We have a university site licence for the language analysis tool Sketch Engine, giving free online access to all University students and colleagues.

Sketch Engine is designed for text analysis or text mining. Its algorithms analyse authentic texts of billions of words (text corpora) to identify instantly what is typical in language and what is rare, unusual or emerging usage. The tool has 600 ready-to-use corpora in 90+ languages, each having a size of up to 60 billion words.

Access Sketch Engine

There’s no need to download any software; you can access it online.

  • Go to
  • Select Institutional Login
  • Search for Newcastle University
  • Log in using your university username and password

Find out more about free and reduced-price software for students and colleagues at

published on: 12 April 2022