Tableau Desktop

This knowledgebase article outlines what Tableau is, who it is available to and where it can be accessed from.

What is Tableau Desktop?

Tableau is a visual analytics platform transforming the way we use data to solve problems – empowering people and organisations to make the most of their data.

Tableau Desktop delivers everything you need to access, visualise and analyse your data. With an intuitive drag-and-drop interface, you can uncover the hidden insights you need to make impactful business decisions faster, even when you are offline. All while leveraging trusted and governed data in a secure self-service environment.

Who can use Tableau Desktop?

There is a teaching version of Tableau Desktop available in AppsAnywhere. This can be used by staff and students for Teaching use only, on University-owned devices. 

Students can request a free one-year student licence for their own use, via the Tableau website: Tableau for Students

Research Staff can request a free licence for non-commercial research use via the Tableau website: Tableau individual academic licence request

Please refer to the FAQs to find out if you qualify for a free licence: Tableau for Teaching FAQs

Please note that if you apply for a free individual licence, Tableau support may need to perform additional checks to verify that you qualify to use the licence, and this can take at least seven working days. IT is not involved in this process. The links have been provided for information- the free individual licences are not managed by IT.

If you do not qualify to use a free licence, you will need to investigate purchasing a Tableau licence.

Where can I  access Tableau Desktop?

You can access the Teaching version of Tableau Desktop via AppsAnywhere on University-owned Windows device.

Please see related articles to find out more information regarding software on AppsAnywhere and how you can get started using it.

To request a local installation of Tableau on a University computer (for a research licence), please log this using the install/update software request (see related request).