Assistive software

Assistive software is installed on computers across our libraries and study centres. Some software can be be installed on other University-managed PCs by request.

Go to the PC's Start menu and search for software by name. Please consult the help menus within the software programmes. Links to online training videos for some software provided below.

Mind mapping software

  • Plan and organise your essay or project in a visual way.
  • Take notes in a non-linear visual style.
  • See connections and links.
  • Collate your notes and materials in one place.
Mind mapping software
Assistive softwareAvailability
Inspiration
Information and online training (login required)

All libraries and study centres.
Student remote desktop.

MindView
Information and online training (login required)
All libraries and study centres.
Student remote desktop.

Reading and writing software

  • Hear text read aloud to aid understanding.
  • Change background colours.
  • Use literacy support tools to spot errors in your own work.
  • Use scanning tools to create audio files or alternative formats of printed materials.
Reading and writing software
Assistive softwareAvailability
Texthelp Read&Write
Information and online training (login required)
All libraries and study centres.
Student remote desktop.
Kurzweil 1000
Product information
Assistive Technology Room, Arts and Social Sciences Library.

Screen reading and display enhancement software

  • Hear text read aloud to aid understanding.
  • Enlarge and enhance screen text.
Display Screen reading and display enhancement software
Assistive softwareAvailability
JAWS Screen Reader
Product information
Assistive Technology Room, Arts and Social Sciences Library.
PC Room, Queen's Building Library.
ZoomText Magnifier/Reader
Information and videos
Assistive Technology Room, Arts and Social Sciences Library.
By request can be installed on a University-managed PC near you.

Voice recognition software

  • Speak instead of typing.
  • Avoid difficulties with keyboard use and spelling.
Voice recognition software
Assistive softwareAvailability
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Information and online training (login required)

Meet and Speak study room.
Library laptop loan.

Scanning software

  • Convert printed text to Word or PDF.
  • Make printed or electronic text accessible.
Scanning software
Assistive softwareAvailability
Kurzweil 1000
Product information
Assistive Technology Room, Arts and Social Sciences Library.
ABBYY FineReader (Optical Character Recognition)
Information and online training (login required)
Assistive Technology Room, Arts and Social Sciences Library
Study Room 15.
Meet and Speak study room.

Overview of assistive software

The Library Support team are happy to provide you with an overview and further information about the assistive software listed.

Productivity tools

A range of freely-available online tools to help with reading, writing and ways to enhance screen display.

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