Microsoft Excel

What is it?

Microsoft Excel is an application that allows you to organise, format and calculate data with formulas within a spreadsheet system.

Microsoft Excel will allow you to:

  • Input and store data that can be used in a variety of ways.
  • Analyse your data; using filters to focus on smaller sections of large data sets and determining statistics.
  • Perform accounting and budgeting tasks using the software’s wide range of formulas and functions.
  • Report on your data and visualise the results, making the identification of trends and patterns an easier task.


Instructions for staff and postgraduate research students on how to install Microsoft 365 are available here:

Excel offers a self-support model. If you are having trouble with Excel, visit the Troubleshooting page.

Learning about Excel

You can learn about all the elements of Excel for free in the Microsoft Training Centre. There is a comprehensive Getting Started guide that takes you through the basics.

Learn about collaboration (Print and share your Excel spreadsheets).

Learn about formulas and functions.

Learn how to import and analyse data.

Learn how to format data.

Information handling

Continue to adhere to the Information Governance Office Best practice guidance on sharing and storing information and Records Retention Schedule whenever you’re working with data.

Need help on information handling? Contact your Information Governance Guardian.


A list of the limitations and specifications of Microsoft Excel can be found at Excel specifications and limits.

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